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What Happened to California Republicans?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

As taxes climbed, schools eroded, and funds for infrastructure were diverted elsewhere, millions of middle-class Californians fled. The total numbers of this continuing exodus are still in dispute. Many left in despair over climbing gas, sales and income taxes that seemed to worsen rather improve state infrastructure and services. This tripartite demographic revolution proved disastrous for the Republican party. The GOP lost much of its base to other states. Many conservative voters left for small-government, low-tax alternatives. Republican efforts to reduce taxes, limit some abortions, and fund additional roads and dams had little appeal to the new gentry classes on the coast.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/11/california-progressive-politics-residents-tiring-one-party-rule/