Reagan And California

racOnly yesterday, or so it seems, California was Reagan Country, and the dependable western anchor of the Republican party’s successful Sun Belt strategy. Until 1992, every GOP presidential nominee in the second half of the century carried California except for Barry Goldwater in the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964. When Gray Davis routed Dan Lungren in 1998, he became only the fourth Democrat this century to win the California governorship.

That was then and this is now. In 1992, Bill Clinton defeated President George Bush by a plurality, with an assist from Ross Perot. In 1996, Clinton won a majority on his own. Then in 1998, with two-term Republican governor …

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