There used to be a time when California regularly produced talent for GOP presidential ticket. And from 1952 through 1988, the Republican nominee carried the state in every presidential election but one.
Now, it’s nearly impossible for a Republican to get elected statewide — so California doesn’t produce anyone with enough stature for the national GOP ticket. The massive Democratic voter registration advantage helps explain why.
According to the latest figures from the Secretary of State’s office, Democratic registration is 43.5% to 30.3% for Republicans.