CalWatchdog Morning Read – Oct. 17

by CalWatchdog Staff | October 17, 2016 9:22 am

Good morning. Happy Monday. By this point, you’ve no doubt heard that this election is historic for many reasons. However, one reason that doesn’t get mentioned as much is the historic nature of the electorate itself.

As early ballots arrive in mailboxes this week, Golden State voters will arrive at a symbolic and substantial demographic landmark: a so-called majority-minority electorate.

Despite a clear trend since the 1990s toward political dominance by Democrats, the longer term implications of the demographic shift have remained shrouded in mystery.

On the one hand, in-state Republicans have weathered a period of fracture likely to end eventually in a new but familiar rough equilibrium between the two major parties. On the other hand, nonwhite voting patterns, especially in recent immigrant families, have in some respects had a limited impact on California politics. 

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