Democrats dominate California politics.
And with the state as the largest in the union, it plays a big role in sending Democrats to Congress and the White House.
But after now, Democrats are reeling after what the 2020 census did to California.
It’s no secret that California is one of the most left-wing states in the entire country.
With Democrats routinely winning the state with over 60% of the vote, California has earned a reputation for being one of the strongest liberal bastions in the United States.
And California players an outsized role in how American politics plays out.
With the state hosting the largest population in the country, California has the most seats in the House of Representatives, as well as the most Electoral College votes when it comes to electing the President.
But after the 2020 census results, Democrats in California were left reeling thanks to one shocking surprise.
Fox News reports, “One week after California learned that it will lose a U.S. House seat for the first time in the state’s history, officials on Friday announced that the state’s population dropped for the first time since California became a state 171 years ago.”
Since California was admitted into the Union back in 1850, the state’s population has grown every single year.
What’s more, California has gained seats in the House of Representatives in every census taken since the first one to include the state in 1860. By gaining seats in the House, the state also thus gained votes in the Electoral College, growing its influence in presidential elections, until finally in the 1980s the state was considered the largest swing state in the country.
Since then, Democrats have gone on to turn the once purple swing state into a solid blue Democrat bastion.
But now, California’s demographic trends are reversing themselves, as the state’s population first peaked, then plateaued, and is now shrinking, under absolute Democrat rule.
“Census data released last week showed that California last decade witnessed its slowest growth rates ever – likely fueled partially by high costs of living and a housing shortage – resulting in the state losing a House seat for the first time. The state’s delegation will drop from 53 to 52.” adds Fox.
“The new data were quickly used by opponents of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is facing a recall election later this year. Critics of the governor are pointing to the state’s numerous regulations, as well as California’s restrictions amid the pandemic, as the causes behind the population dip.”
Newsome is in the middle of his own political crisis with a recall election on his hands. Millions of Californians have already signed a recall petition against him, triggering a special election this November to decide whether Newsome will remain in office.
The census report also indicates that decades of Democratic mismanagement of the state is starting to take its toll on California, with the events of last year proving to be a breaking point that drove voters out of the state in droves.