GOP fading in Calif.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A California activist says a drop in the state's GOP membership just proves that there is an attempt to marginalize Republican points of view in the state.

California signThe number of registered voters in California has hit an all-time high, while the number of those registered with the Republican Party has declined. Secretary of State Debra Bowen says there are 18.2 million registered voters in the state, most of whom are young and Democratic-leaning. Analysts attribute the rise to the new online registration system.

But Richard Hunter, a Los Angeles-based activist for the Republican Party, tells OneNewsNow the GOP is concerned that the number of registered Republicans in The Golden State has dropped below 30 percent.

"If you look at the numbers in the state legislature, Republican points of view have really not been heard for quite a long time," he laments.

The new online system is said to be a threat to the California GOP, and Hunter adds that the new election rule allowing the top two vote-getters to run against each other in the general election -- regardless of party -- is another blow, "because it fundamentally says the platforms of a party, the outlook that a party has for the future of a city, a state, or the country has little or no bearing," the Republican offers. "And I think it's a very cynical attempt to marginalize what has become a minority party."

Roughly 950,000 new voters in The Golden State have signed up since the 2008 presidential election.

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