He had a commanding delegate tally and was well on his way to securing the party's presidential nomination but faced a political titan in the state: the former and future governor,
The result? He beat Brown by 7 percentage points.
Now, more than two decades after that June 1992 primary victory, his wife,
On Friday, she arrives in Los Angeles for three Westside fundraisers, including one at the home of actor Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer.
Unlike the opponents her husband faced, Clinton's rivals are long shots at best and have no substantial ties to California. Rather than worry about a contested primary, she can focus on California's other role in Democratic politics, the cash machine.
For both parties, California has proved a fertile place for raising money. But for Democrats, that's especially true. During the last presidential cycle, President
But California's position as a Democratic stronghold wasn't always so steadfast.
Before Bill Clinton's 1992 victory, in which he beat incumbent President
While Bill Clinton raised cash in the Democratic money belt of the Westside, he also spent time in Southern California actively campaigning. In the 1992 election, it was not uncommon to see the Arkansas governor travel to South Los Angeles to meet with African American voters. He even addressed Orange County Republicans on a visit in December 1991.
"There really has been this bond between California and the Clintons that is interesting," said Chris Lehane, a Democratic strategist, who worked in the Clinton administration. "Californians have given their support and the Clintons have embraced this state."
Lehane notes several Clinton administration officials, including
Such connections have stuck with the Clintons. "Just look at 2008," said Lehane. "Hillary won California by a wide margin over President Obama."
At least on this trip, however, Hillary Clinton does not have plans for retail politicking of the sort her husband displayed in 1992. After a day of fundraising, she plans to travel north to San Francisco on Saturday to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors.