After decades of Republican victories, here’s how California became a blue state again

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via the LA Times

California hasn’t always been a lock for the Democratic presidential nominee. Republicans won the state in nearly every presidential election between 1952 and 1988. Ahead of an election that could see more blue in the Golden State than ever before, here’s a look at how Democrats gained, lost and won back California.

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DEMOCRATS SURGE IN THE STATE

California’s Latino and Asian populations boomed in the 1990s and the growing segment of voters were turned off by the Republican Party’s hard-line stance on immigration. After the party closely tied itself to Proposition 187, a controversial California ballot measure that denied public services to people in the country illegally, Republicans struggled to win back the state’s immigrant population. Democratic candidates have won decisively in every election since 1992 by performing well in the most populous areas.

LA Times has more maps going back to 1936.