Thursday, November 04, 2010

California: Ladies Unelected

Last June, I ran an item reporting that liberal Washington Post columnist Howard Meyerson had called Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina “unelectable,” just after Republicans nominated the two for California governor and senator respectively. I didn’t predict their win, and I don’t think Meyerson was right about their unelectability—both spent time in the polls close or ahead of their respective opponents while Democrats raised a ton of money to defeat them. Meyerson's claim nevertheless looked good Tuesday when both lost, in part because of opposition from California’s large Hispanic population, the reason Meyerson said they would lose.

California is only 42% non-Hispanic white, a big reason why Republicans are a minority of registered voters in every single California congressional, state Senate, and state Assembly district.

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