Local Republicans have proudly called Orange County, California, where I live, “The Most Republican County in the USA” on the basis of delivering George W. Bush the nation’s largest margin of victory in raw votes in 2004.
What else would you expect from the home of Mickey Mouse, the Beach Boys, the Richard Nixon Library and Museum and John Wayne Airport?
But change is coming, and coming fast, to our sunshine and subprime paradise.
Republican voter registration is falling dramatically throughout California, including Orange County.
According to the Orange County Register, “Republicans have dramatically lost ground among new California voters, particularly the young, in the past five years. . . Republicans eventually could fall to third place in party preference, behind Democrats and the growing number of voters who choose no party at all. Even in Orange County, the state’s Republican heartland, more people registered as Democrats than as Republicans last year and this year.”
“Among current California voters, 37.7 percent of those who registered before 2000 became Republicans. That dropped to 26.6 percent among voters who registered in the past five years – and just 21.9 percent this year. In Orange County, among current voters, 52.3 percent of those who registered before 2000 were Republicans. That dropped to 39.2 percent in the past five years – and 31.4 percent this year.”
And there is even worse news for John McCain in a currently on-going Orange County Register poll.
The poll asks online readers to choose between (1) Republican voting for McCain, (2) Democrat voting for Obama, (3) Democrat voting for McCain, and (4) Republican voting for Obama.
The current results (as of 5:13 p.m. Pacific Time) are:
- Republican voting McCain – 37%
- Democrat voting Obama – 37%
- Democrat voting McCain – 5%
- Republican voting Obama – 22%
That’s 59% Republican, but also 59% for Obama.
59% for Obama in “The Most Republican County in the USA” is not good news for John McCain.
“Good, good, good, good vibrations…”