Skip to comments.Low GOP Turnout Keeps California in Democratic Hands
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 Representatives 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.
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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.
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").
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.
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.
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.
Left the state many years ago and am glad I did. Moonbeam was governor then and was a total joke. What deja vu.
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?
Your usual carefully reasoned (and correct) analysis as to why California keeps electing one political weasel after another. Your last paragraph says it all.
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.