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Low GOP Turnout Keeps California in Democratic Hands
ChicoER ^ | 11/15/10 | Joe newby

Posted on 11/15/2010 6:56:02 PM PST by Korah

On Tuesday, November 2, voters across the country turned out in droves to give Republicans control of the House of RepresentativesHosted by GOP wins in the U.S. Senate trimmed the Democratic majority, and over 675 State legislative seats were taken from Democrats nationwide. So historic was the win that the Minnesota Senate will be run by Republicans for the first time in that state's history, and Alabama will be in GOP hands for the first time since reconstruction.

But what happened to California?

Are Californians really so liberal that they would elect a man who was once known as "Governor Moonbeam" back into the highest position in the state? Is Barbara "Don't call me Ma'am" Boxer so revered that she would win as easily as she did?

The results in California left many across the country scratching their heads wondering what happened in the Golden State. Was it something in the water? Was it negative advertising?

A careful analysis of numbers from the California Secretary States office may reveal the true reason California remains in Democratic control.

(Excerpt) Read more at ChicoER

TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; ca2010; election2012; gop; voterapathy
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To: calcowgirl
Think what you will of human behavior - but it is what it is. Give people something to vote for and they will… And nobody is talking “perfection.”

How'd that work out for Lt. Governor McClintock? Oh right.

However flawed the candidates, this election I voted straight ticket Republican. As demonstrated up thread, there are enough GOP registered voters to have won the day against Boxer, even Brown. They chose to stay home.

41 posted on 11/16/2010 6:55:11 AM PST by newzjunkey
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To: The Citizen Soldier
I suppose, with one-party rule, the legislature and/or the Governor will find many 'creative' ways to increase taxes anyway.

Where have you been? "Fees" have just been grouped with taxes as requiring a 2/3 vote as well. What scares me is that they will go to "fines" instead. Those could become an outrage (they already are on matters related to "the environment").

42 posted on 11/16/2010 7:06:34 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: Korah

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that a lot of those Registered Republican voters who didn’t vote had already moved out of the State.

43 posted on 11/16/2010 7:27:15 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: calcowgirl

That’s the long and the short of it.

Sadly, people don’t really understand this. It’s easier to chalk California off as a “red state” (I’ll never buy into the idea the Democrats are true blue). California is temporarily a red state.

Our candidates don’t provide an alternative message compared to the left, and can’t grasp why the Left rejects them.

A man that is offered a Coke and a cola, will most often choose Coke. If you want them to choose an alternative in large numbers, you provide an orange drink or Seven-up.

I’m sick and tired of being asked to vote for generic colas.

44 posted on 11/16/2010 9:30:42 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Your next chance like this? About 2044. Vote popularity and don't waste time with the details.)
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To: Korah

All of the most Conservative people I know voted 3rd party - not Republican. I think this is going to be normal from now on. If the GOP wants half a chance to win California, they are going to have to run conservative enough candidates to try to energize their base. I don’t know if that will do any good as there are 4 registered Dems for every 3 registered GOP. But is it painfully obvious now that running RINO Socialist lites doesn’t work, because the GOP base won’t vote, leaving the Dem voters to elect the Dem candidate.

All summer I heard GOP insiders say how they have to appeal to mainstream moderate Californians and not run candidates too far to the right. I have no faith the incompetent CA GOP will see the proof that is false and try running right wing candidates next time.

IMHO, California is done. It is over. It is doomed. Only a backlash from economic bankruptcy hs a chance to wake the middle class into rejecting socialism, and they may not awaken even then.

California is doomed. I’ll leave as soon as I retire.

45 posted on 11/16/2010 10:01:03 AM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (I am having the best Depression, ever!)
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To: Freedom_Is_Not_Free

Left the state many years ago and am glad I did. Moonbeam was governor then and was a total joke. What deja vu.

46 posted on 11/16/2010 11:37:29 AM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Korah
But what happened to California?

The Republicans could have stopped the last massive tax increases, but three or four Republicans joined the Democrats to raise taxes.

Republicans in California and nationwide have to learn that if elected Republicans fail to stop the Democrats when it's in their power, they are largely useless to us. Why would we bother voting for them?

47 posted on 11/16/2010 1:34:03 PM PST by RJL
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To: calcowgirl

Your usual carefully reasoned (and correct) analysis as to why California keeps electing one political weasel after another. Your last paragraph says it all.

48 posted on 11/17/2010 4:43:06 PM PST by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: newzjunkey
Keep backing people like Whitman and they'll continue to stay home. Stomp your feet all you want, it ain't gonna get them to vote for liberals. As to McClintock, are you forgetting that he was completely constrained by the governator trying to sell his big bang bonds? That would be the governator that gave McClintock's opponent Garamendi multiple positive platforms; the governator that stabbed McClintock in the back by constantly calling him "wrong" on his position regarding bonds?

Give a Tom McClintock or Chuck DeVore 1/10th the support that the state GOP gave to any of their "moderate" candidates in this election and we'd have winners. Instead, they will be meddling more in the primaries thanks to their fair-haired-treasonous-liberal-lapdog, Abel Maldonado. I hear they're gonna push Whitman to run against Feinstein. And I don't think we've seen the last of the Democrat that Rove recruited to run for SOS, either. If you expect conservatives to vote for these people just because they have an "R" by their name, you are sadly mistaken -- and you haven't taken to heart the election results for the past decade.

But, I'm sure that we'll have the moderates of the party running to be first in line to trash any conservative candidate. With the open primaries, folks like you will be here during the primary to tell us "conservatives are unelectable" and "we must vote for the democrat"... errrr moderate because "they are the only ones that can win."

BTW, McClintock (45%) did better than Meg Whitman (41%), despite her $150 million dollar boondoggle.

49 posted on 11/17/2010 9:35:58 PM PST by calcowgirl
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To: Korah
But Jerry brown was OK for you because you voted for him by not voting for Meg.

Sorry, failure of logic on your part.

On the most important issue, Life or the support of Life, both failed with an "F". I refuse to vote for politicians who think it is ok to murder babies.

I voted for Nightingale instead of Whitman, because she is Pro-Life and actually a conservative.

If you an other Republicans, keep voting for bad candidates, all you'll get is bad candidates.

Good-luck with that approach.

I voted for Fiorina, she was pro-life.
50 posted on 11/18/2010 8:41:11 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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