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SACRAMENTO: California Republican Party, voter registration, continuing slide?: Commentary (Dan Walters), "California's GOP has become a circular firing squad" ....

***California Republican Party, voter registration, continuing decline?

* CALmatters (Dan Walters):  "California's GOP has become a circular firing squad" - From CALmatters:

Each week, the San Bernardino County elections office publishes updated voter registration data not only for the county but also for all of its local entities, one being the City of Rancho Cucamonga. The Oct. 1 weekly report contained an interesting bit of data about the city—that the longtime Republican stronghold now leans Democratic by 33 registered voters.

It’s a tiny indicator of the GOP’s continuing slide into political irrelevance, the more poignant because the party’s current state chairman, Jim Brulte, called Rancho Cucamonga home when he represented the region in the state Legislature.

From its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s, when the GOP was at virtual parity with Democrats and semi-dominant in statewide elections, Republicans have slipped to having no statewide officeholders and fewer than a third of the state’s legislative and congressional seats. In just the last decade, Republican voter registration has declined from 34.2 percent of registered voters—still enough to make a difference—to 25.9 percent and by 2020 could fall into third place behind voters with no party preference, now 24.5 percent.

It is a truly remarkable, even historic, turn of events, especially in light of huge Republican gains in dozens of other states, reflected in the GOP control of both houses of Congress, 33 governorships and both legislative houses in 32 states.

Why it happened is the subject of endless speculation and debate in political and media circles . . . . . . . .

Whatever its antecedents, it’s a fact of political life, and Republican Party leaders don’t seem to know how to arrest the fall .................