GOP fading rapidly in state
November 12, 2012
Eventual fate of the national Republican Party may be mirrored by what has been happening in California. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The state’s GOP is shrinking like cheap cotton in hot water, as Democrats have put a lock on almost every high office.
A state long derided by conservatives as “the Left Coast” and “La-la Land,” California stacked its governing roles with Democrats as populations of Latino, Asian-Americans, and young people expanded, and the trend of minority growth is tending nationwide.
“They can denigrate this state all they want,” Democratic consultant Garry South told The Chronicle. “But the future of America is what you’re seeing right now, laid out in California.”
Registration of California GOP voters dropped below 30 percent in this election cycle.
California Democrats hold every major statewide office, including governor, both U.S. Senate seats, nearly three-fourths of the congressional delegation, and the possibility of achieving a super-majority in both houses of the Legislature.
According to California GOP strategist Tony Quinn, “The good news for the California GOP is that they are not a dying party,” Quinn wrote in his blog last week. “The bad news is that they are dead. There is no state Republican Party left and its numbers in the legislature make it irrelevant.”