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GOP registration dips below 30 percent in Calif.
AP via SFGate ^ | 11/2/12 | HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Posted on 11/02/2012 6:19:28 PM PDT by SmithL

ACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has reached an all-time high of 18.2 million registered voters, while the number of registered Republicans has fallen below 30 percent, signaling a worrisome decline for the state's minority party, officials said Friday.

In its final update before Tuesday's general election, the secretary of state's office said the number of registered voters has increased by 950,000 since the 2008 presidential contest. Officials attribute that surge in part to the state's new online registration system, which helped many young, Democratic-leaning Californians sign up to vote this fall.

That system was seen as a threat to the California Republican Party, which has struggled to retain members, let alone add them. The secretary of state announced that Republicans now make up 29.3 percent of the state's electorate, compared with 31.4 percent in 2008.

This appears to be the lowest ebb for the party since records have been available.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: California; Campaign News; Parties
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1 posted on 11/02/2012 6:19:29 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

maybe, maybe not.


2 posted on 11/02/2012 6:23:53 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SmithL

the missing California GOPers are in Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Texas and other points east; they were among the creators and producers who left the state due to its uber-Liberal business bashing policies


3 posted on 11/02/2012 6:24:35 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: SmithL

Democrats are down as well. The trend toward independents marches on.


4 posted on 11/02/2012 6:27:03 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: SmithL

It goes to show that once you feed the bears, they’ll never go back to providing for themselves again. Freebies rule! You can’t fix stupid.


5 posted on 11/02/2012 6:27:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Osama bin Laden is dead, Chrysler moved to Italy and China.)
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To: SmithL

Free Republic is one of THE last bastions of sensibility left in CA!


6 posted on 11/02/2012 6:27:43 PM PDT by getarope (I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass, and I am all out of bubble gum!)
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To: Wuli

California is rapidly becoming a state dominated by recent immigrants. I’m not even referring to illegal immigrants, either — or even legal ones from Latin America. California is the prime relocation site for refugees to the U.S. from foreign countries who are funneled there by a Federal government that sees this as the only way to prop up the population of a dying state.


7 posted on 11/02/2012 6:28:40 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: SmithL

How can a state that has lost so many people have the highest number of registered voters than before? Are they illegals? I am tired of a state that has so many illegals having such a large number of electoral votes. I feel like foreign voters are controlling my future.


8 posted on 11/02/2012 6:29:55 PM PDT by BeckB
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To: SmithL

Those Republicans remaining must be the squishy type who actually think you can have detente with the Socialists running their state. Surely all the conservatives have abandoned that stinking ship long ago.

There are many more hospitable places to live, especially since Mexico is taking over CA. They only thing they need from Anglos is their money.


9 posted on 11/02/2012 6:34:00 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: SmithL

Will the last productive legal American citizen leaving California, please turn out the lights before you go?


10 posted on 11/02/2012 6:35:46 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: SmithL

I’m stunned the percentage of Republicans in CA is that high.


11 posted on 11/02/2012 6:39:08 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Pray hard!)
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To: SmithL

I would like to see a slow down of Federal dollars flowing into California. As on of the most liberal states fiscal wise, the rest of the U.S shouldn’t be subsidizing dubious California subsidy programs.

If they [California’s] want to fund illegal alien’s work, school, medical and other social programs, let it come from their own general tax revenues.


12 posted on 11/02/2012 6:40:10 PM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: FlingWingFlyer
It goes to show that once you feed the bears, they’ll never go back to providing for themselves again. Freebies rule!

The flaw in the democratic system is that people tend to vote for what they want, not what they need. Once a population learns they can vote themselves other people's money, well, the gig us up. California will not recover till it collapses completely. Only then will the current voters realize they can't continue down the same path - and even then they might refuse to accept it.

13 posted on 11/02/2012 6:40:37 PM PDT by Longbow1969
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To: ScottinVA

We need to make it clear, Kalipornia does NOT ever get a bailout


14 posted on 11/02/2012 6:44:45 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SmithL

Hard to believe that this is the same state that voted for Reagan twice.


15 posted on 11/02/2012 6:44:53 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: SmithL

Demography is destiny.


16 posted on 11/02/2012 6:45:02 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Alberta's Child
"California is rapidly becoming a state dominated by recent immigrants. I’m not even referring to illegal immigrants, either — or even legal ones from Latin America."

This has been done deliberately by the Democrat Party in order to swamp the conservative/Republican/white vote in California and grab the state's electoral votes. Unfortunately, in the long run, it means the state will be gradually detached from the Union as the population becomes more and more composed of foreigners who have no cultural attachment to the rest of the United States. The corrupt communist Democrats have allowed and encouraged California to be overrun with an non-American alien population. And the commie Dems want to do it to the rest of the nation to.

17 posted on 11/02/2012 6:49:03 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: BeckB; Alberta's Child; SmithL
I feel like foreign voters are controlling my future.

You should and thank the Republicans in part.

For instance, under Bush, more Muslims were allowed to enter the U.S. AFTER 911 than the previous two decades. During war time no less...

How ya them Republican apples?

18 posted on 11/02/2012 6:49:17 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Yep. The Republicans are also at fault for the dispossession of Americans of their land by foreign alien invaders.


19 posted on 11/02/2012 6:52:33 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: Longbow1969

California was the American dream in the first half of the last century. It was the American nightmare in the last half.

I had the opportunity to experience California at it’s zenith, thanks to the United States Air Force.


20 posted on 11/02/2012 6:56:34 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“...a democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse out of the public treasury. From that moment on the majority, he said, always vote for the candidate promising the most benefits from the treasury with the result that democracy always collpases over a loose fiscal policy, always to be followed by a dictatorship.”

-possibly from Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee (October 15, 1747 – January 5, 1813) was a Scottish-born British lawyer and writer.


21 posted on 11/02/2012 6:59:07 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: StormEye

Maybe so, but personally I think they’re doing the rest of us a favor. Other areas of this country have flourished because they’ve been able to attract businesses from California without having to deal with the excess baggage of a dysfunctional socio-economic system that is left behind. And even if those new arrivals in California have no cultural attachment (whatever that means) to the rest of the U.S., they still represent a huge customer base for the businesses that have relocated elsewhere.


22 posted on 11/02/2012 7:00:28 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: SmithL

The Detroitification of California continues.

In 40 years how many ruins will the state have?


23 posted on 11/02/2012 7:02:04 PM PDT by Bayard
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To: StormEye
Absolutely.

Don't be fooled by the Pollyannas and frauds who advertise the betrayers running the Dem party are solely responsible for wide open, unabated, unreformed and lawless immigration.

When faced with facts, they run for the tall grass.

24 posted on 11/02/2012 7:03:43 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: SmithL

It will be interesting to see if 29.3% of the electorate will pay 100% of the taxes. Without conservatives to provide the money for liberals to spend, they run out pretty quick.


25 posted on 11/02/2012 7:06:17 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: Wuli

“the missing California GOPers are in Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Texas and other points east; they were among the creators and producers who left the state due to its uber-Liberal business bashing policies”

California has an almost $2 trillion GDP...that’s a lot of producing. More than Idaho, Utah, Arizona and Texas combined. And they don’t seem to be slowing down as their GDP is going up over 3% a year, 10th in the nation. They are quickly turning into Sweden with little Mexico Cities spread sporadically along the coast but you can’t say they aren’t producing.

I’m with you that they are a a liberal cesspool but when a state out-produces more than 185 out of 193 UN recognized countries and do so at an annualized growth rate over 3%, it’s quite a stretch to say they are losing creators and producers.


26 posted on 11/02/2012 7:08:30 PM PDT by jackmercer
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To: BeckB

“How can a state that has lost so many people have the highest number of registered voters than before? Are they illegals?”

Yes. I work and live in Hollywood. If you’re a Pubbie’, you go into hiding. My favorite answer to whomever asks me for my political affiliation is...

“I’m not a Republicans but I would rather shoot my brains out than turn into an idiot liberal.” And I make sure liberals are within hearing distance. Of course, I don’t say that work..only when I’m in a civilian area.


27 posted on 11/02/2012 7:09:42 PM PDT by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: jackmercer

CA is the economic powerhouse of the U.S. Even when run by socialist and government control freaks.

Given this fact, it begs the question...What’s that say about other states, who’s economies pales in comparison, as the loud mouths in other states bark from the sidelines?


28 posted on 11/02/2012 7:16:31 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Usagi_yo

“I would like to see a slow down of Federal dollars flowing into California. As on of the most liberal states fiscal wise, the rest of the U.S shouldn’t be subsidizing dubious California subsidy programs.

If they [California’s] want to fund illegal alien’s work, school, medical and other social programs, let it come from their own general tax revenues.”

California is actually one of the highest (7th) in the nation that pays more federal taxes than they receive back in federal funds. For every dollar they send to Washington, they only get .78 cents back. They spend almost 1/4 of their GDP on programs for residents in other states.

http://taxfoundation.org/article/federal-taxes-paid-vs-federal-spending-received-state-1981-2005


29 posted on 11/02/2012 7:17:24 PM PDT by jackmercer
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To: jackmercer; Usagi_yo

“California is actually one of the highest (7th) in the nation that pays more federal taxes than they receive back in federal funds.”

This is going to confuse those who are unable to put together a critical thought.


30 posted on 11/02/2012 7:24:37 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: StormEye

I suspect that the Reconquista will turn out to be less kind to the would be Elitists than they expect.


31 posted on 11/02/2012 7:25:14 PM PDT by RugerMini14
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To: SmithL

They are now independents/decline to state.

If Romney loses, I will be too!


32 posted on 11/02/2012 7:31:26 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: RugerMini14

BTW, the elitist own the east coast, NY etc. They own the jets the celebrities on the west cost rent.


33 posted on 11/02/2012 7:31:31 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: jackmercer

job growth in the private sector in California had stalled BEFORE the financial crisis of 2008 and in spite of the housing boom; business people leave, illegal immigrants arrive; some towns in the Inland Empire area have illegal immigrant majorities in the local K-12 schools, many whose parents are working on the cash economy for legal Mexicans employing them and property tax revenues and values keep declining;

the only thing keeping some people I know there from leaving is their homes are too far under water

China’s state-capitalist economny is growing too; I wouldn’t move there.


34 posted on 11/02/2012 7:35:33 PM PDT by Wuli
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er west coast too...


35 posted on 11/02/2012 7:36:02 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: SmithL

The “surge of young people” registering as Demonrats the illegals Bammy has been playing with.


36 posted on 11/02/2012 7:38:45 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Wuli

BTW wuli, many of this Hispanics who moved into areas formally owned or rented by blacks, are pretty hard working folks. For the past 10 years or so there is and has been a major move by many blacks from the west coast to states eastbound and southbound. I am able to provide stats.


37 posted on 11/02/2012 7:39:58 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Yes, it wouldn’t be fit nicely into the prevalent freeper logic would it?

As much as I despise many California values, there’s no doubt that the state produces a lot of wealth from a lot of different sectors.


38 posted on 11/02/2012 7:43:45 PM PDT by Mr Fuji
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To: Wuli
I noticed your in New Jersey.

CA has sent hundreds of utility workers, search and rescue folks and hundreds of other first responders to your state to aid. In fact, many businesses in CA had taken up collections for your state to the tune of big $ dollars. I'm hoping others from NJ, are not as uninformed as you.

39 posted on 11/02/2012 7:46:33 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Wuli

“the missing California GOPers are in Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Texas and other points east; they were among the creators and producers who left the state due to its uber-Liberal business bashing policies”

Exactly. And what remains are a bunch of liberals who are going bankrupt. May the tax payer not spend a dime on them when they do. Since they are so smart then let them find their own way out. Any conservative that are left in California- Get out Now! It speeds up the process.


40 posted on 11/02/2012 7:46:51 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Mr Fuji

You bet.


41 posted on 11/02/2012 7:52:48 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: GeronL

You are absolutely correct. When Californiacate goes bankrupt and President Romney and the Congress declines to bail them out you will see the number of registered Democrats drop dramatically as the illegals head back to Mexico.


42 posted on 11/02/2012 8:01:17 PM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: Mr Fuji

Yup...But it is quite enjoyable to watch others with whatever agendas to just ignore the facts, and continue barking from the sidelines. Take care.


43 posted on 11/02/2012 8:04:23 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: wideawake; Alberta's Child

I’ve been a registered decline-to-state for some time now, absolutely unable to attach my name to a party which continually ignores people like Bruce Herschensohn and Tom McClintock in favor of such disasters as Schwartzennegger. Thanks to our election rules, I am given a choice of primary ballots, R or D, so my vote still counts (well, makes an unnoticed statement really, since the Presidential/VP candidates are determined long before we vote).

And as to “California is rapidly becoming a state dominated by recent immigrants,” well. that’s how California got this way, only those the earlier immigrants were from other states, bringing their baggage and preconceptions of what California was with them. Having trashed their sandbox, they and/or their children are off to other states.

Just for kicks, you might ask the older, say over 25, incoming “Californians” where they were born and raised.


44 posted on 11/02/2012 8:04:28 PM PDT by dorothy ( "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SmithL; All

Simple answer.... the Republicans are leaving the state because they are smarter!!.... why stay, be over taxed, smog, and why would anyone want to be from the same state as the Golum and the Sea Hag!


45 posted on 11/02/2012 8:06:31 PM PDT by Heff (Half this country is that stupid.)
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To: SmithL
I know you guys love to trash talk California because it allows you to pretend that your state doesn't have its fair share of left wing nutbags, but the explanation for the low Republican phenomenon is actually pretty simple: conservatives in CA generally don't bother registering as Republican. Why? Because the Republican Party sucks, that's why, and the California Republican Party sucks especially bad. I've been voting conservative since 1992, but I've never registered as a Republican. There's no point. We're one of the last states to hold the presidential primary, so the candidate is picked before we even get to vote.

Think of all the frustration we have with the Republicans at the national level, and multiply it by 10. That's the CA Republican Party.
46 posted on 11/02/2012 8:12:49 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: dragnet2

I’m very informed. I grew up in southern california. My parents and four of seven siblings remained there and my siblings had, or still have their families there. I became a NY resident in 1972, but have been back there often, every two years or so, on business and family visits; in every part of the state. I am very well informed on what is really going on there. California continues to have greater out migration of citizens to other states than in migration of citizens from other states, and that trend now exceeds new foreign immigrants there, illegal and legal, though they represent the only growth demographic in the state.


47 posted on 11/02/2012 8:16:32 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: SmithL
GOP registration dips below 30 percent in Calif.

Sounds like the taxpaying hosts ("Republicans") are fleeing and leaving the tax-eating parasites ("Democrats") behind.

48 posted on 11/02/2012 8:19:15 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: SmithL

Of course, in the end, who cares? The only danger to the nation is that California continues to welcome Mexican hordes and gains additional House seats and therefore, electoral votes. If only secession was viable for the civilized parts of California...


49 posted on 11/02/2012 8:22:53 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: jackmercer
In some respects GDP is really a measure of consumption, not necessarily production. California has about 12% of the U.S. population but more than 30% of the nation's welfare recipients. That's a recipe for disaster -- and something that you'd typically find in a Third World sh!t-hole. That's also why California consistently finds itself facing state deficits on the order of 7%-8% of its budget.

Every dime that is paid to welfare recipients and then spent by those welfare recipients is included in its GDP, as is every dime that is included in California's massive deficit spending.

50 posted on 11/02/2012 8:22:56 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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