Once a reliably Republican city, Rancho Cucamonga now leans slightly Democratic, notes CalMatters columnist Dan Walters.

It’s a sign of the times in California, where over the last decade “Republican voter registration has declined from 34.2 percent of registered voters — still enough to make a difference — to 25.9 percent and by 2020 could fall into third place behind voters with no party preference, now 24.5 percent,” Walters writes.

What is causing the GOP’s erosion in the Golden State at a time that Republicans are dominant in other parts of the country?

“It’s some combination of demographic change — especially the relative decline of the state’s white population — and attitudinal evolution away from the GOP on such hot-button issues as gun control, abortion, same-sex marriage and climate change,” Walters opines.

For an explanation of how California Republicans are hurting themselves, click on Walters’ column.

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