A public policy expert warns that California Republicans in a
once-GOP stronghold are losing their grip; and despite what some
may argue, he maintains their stance on immigration is not solely
Orange County has been a longtime stronghold for the GOP. But
now, the number of registered Republicans in the county is below 50
percent. For example, the recent election saw more votes for Barack
Obama than Mitt Romney in the city of Irvine. Republican
Assemblyman Chris Norby lost his seat to Democrat Sharon
Quirk-Silva, and the GOP has continued to lose mainly Latino cities
to the Democratic Party.
Ashton Ellis, contributing editor at the Center for Individual
Freedom (CFIF) and an adjunct professor at Pepperdine
University's School of Public Policy, says the party's decline has
GOP leaders scrambling to change their strategy.
"Orange County is losing out, much like the rest of the GOP is
here in America, with Latino voters. A lot of people seem to think
that it's a matter of immigration reform .... The GOP's got a lot
of problems, and they don't necessarily stem from legalizing
illegal immigration," Ellis contends. "If anything, it might be
something that's keeping millions of voters who would otherwise
vote for bigger government away from the polls."
According to Fox News, the number of registered Republicans
surpassed Democrats by roughly 20 percent in the mid-1900s. Orange
County GOP chairman Scott Baugh believes the party's failure to
recognize a demographic shift in the county has contributed to the
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