The Sacramento Bee published this story recently that highlighted the plight of Republicans in California. The main point — the GOP is bleeding registered voters and California is turning bluer by the minute. San Francisco has lost nearly a third of its registered Republicans in the last decade meaning the city of Brea has more registered Republicans than San Francisco does. In OC, there were 412 GOP voters for every 1,000 voters, down 15 percent from 2004 when it was 486 Republicans per 1,000 voters. The story has a fun county-by-count graphic, so give the Bee some hits and check it out.
From the story: “About 28.6 percent of the state’s voters are registered as Republicans, down from 35.7 percent a decade ago, according to the latest figures from the California Secretary of State. The proportion of voters registered as Democrats — 43.5 percent — has fluctuated during that period but today stands equal to where it was in 2004.
The percentage of voters declining to state a party preference — 21.1 percent — has grown significantly. If the trends of the next decade mirror the last, “no party preference” voters will outnumber Republicans in California by 2024.
Traditionally Democratic areas like San Francisco and Marin counties saw the largest proportional drop in Republican voters. No county in the state is now majority Republican. Only two small counties — Lassen and Modoc — increased the proportion of voters registered as Republicans over the last decade.”
Last week, the LA Times reported that traditional GOP donors were supporting Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for re-election. From the story: “…many donors who gave Republican candidates more than $37 million in the last gubernatorial contest are now keeping their hands in their pockets.
But those who are writing checks are largely giving them to … Jerry Brown.
The governor has received nearly $2 million, a Times analysis of campaign reports found, from donors who fueled Meg Whitman’s and Steve Poizner’s Republican gubernatorial bids in 2010. That’s more than three times as much as his current GOP rivals have received from these donors.”
This has to be a pretty sobering statistic that even Republicans are finding that a combination of spending cuts and selective tax increases have pretty much solved the financial crisis because there were just enough Republicans in the state legislature to block meaningful budget measure if there was a tax increase of any sort — never mind that costs keep going up. While it’s clear there are still pockets in OC where Republicans are going to win, Democrats have been making steady inroads.