The Dismal State of the Republican Party in California

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019


California, home to Republican Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, has seen a steady and consistent drop in Republican support and influence in the past two decades.

Republicans have failed to control any of the Branches of Government in the state and are severely outnumbered in the Senate, 11 to 29 and 20 to 60 in the assembly. The number of Republicans in the state has dwindled so much that according to registration numbers in 2018, the percent of registered Republicans was only 24.5%, which was surpassed by the number of Californians who don’t identify with either party (26.8%). The percent of registered Republicans stood at 35.6% percent just a decade ago. Republicans in California haven’t even able to place third in the past two Senate primaries, which means that, due to the state’s Top Two Primary rules, Republicans have been shut out of the Senate general elections altogether.

While the rest of California turned ever solidly Blue there was hope, by some, that the traditionally Republican stronghold of Orange County would buck this trend. Indeed, this was the place that Reagan Ronald had famously called the place “where all the good Republicans go to die.” The 2018 midterm elections, however, would show this conceit to be utterly false.

During the 2018 midterms, Republicans lost handily all across California, especially in the suburban districts of Orange County. What was once a Republican stronghold is now represented by a Democrat in all 6 of its districts. California’s Republican delegate to the House of Representatives now boasts only 7 members out of 53 representatives.

With the diminishing relevance of the California Republican Party, many conservatives have decided to pack up and leave the state rather than live with one of the highest tax burdens (6th according to CNBC) and a declining standard of living ( dead last according to US News). Some companies have even recently popped up which help conservatives in California move. Not surprisingly, two of the most popular destinations for those leaving are the more conservative states of Texas and Arizona, which made up about 500,000 of migrants  from 2007 to 2016.

It is hard to imagine that California was once a conservative state, voting for a Republican from every year from 1952 to 1988, excluding Barry Goldwater in 1964. Today, however, Democrats run the state the overwhelming with no sign of letting up. Defeated, many conservatives have decided to move out and find a new home.

Joshua attends New York University with majors in Politics and History and a minor in Economics. When he is not having political arguments with friends, he likes to read and watch movies.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Joshua attends New York University with majors in Politics and History and a minor in Economics. When he is not having political arguments with friends, he likes to read and watch movies.

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