By far the most discussed statewide ballot measure in the Nov. 2 election was Proposition 19, a proposal to legalize and regulate recreational use of marijuana.

Voters ended up rejecting the measure. Prop. 19 won 46.5 percent of the vote statewide and 47.1 percent in San Diego County.

But its local opposition certainly wasn’t uniform. Precinct results show the core support for legalizing marijuana came from uptown, downtown and beach communities across the county.

In the countywide map below, the darkest green shows where more than 55 percent of voters said “yes.” The lightest green shows where more than 55 percent said “no.” The middle shades show precincts where the result was more evenly split.

For a closer look around the city of San Diego, check out the three maps below. Of note: North of Interstate 8, several precincts near Clairemont that supported a Republican City Council candidate also favored legalizing marijuana. Prop 19. showed a distinct difference between La Jolla’s beach community and voters closer to Mt. Soledad.

In the city’s more central region, Prop. 19 divided Ocean Beach and peninsula neighborhoods further up the hill. Uptown neighborhoods, some of the few behind a sales tax increase, also supported legalizing marijuana. More southeastern neighborhoods opposed the measure.

Further south, Prop. 19 added questions about whether legalizing marijuana would become a party issue favoring Democrats. The choice in the city’s southernmost neighborhoods for City Council was between two Democrats. The district shot down Prop 19.

So what else do these results say about San Diego County?

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