Republican Red Showing Shades Of Purple In Riverside County

Is the county moving to the middle as its demographics change?

Remaining 2012 ballots are still being counted at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office, but final numbers may put some 2014 Republican candidates on notice.

As of Friday, the registrar’s office is reporting that out of the 14 partisan races in which a Democrat was a contender, six of them went to those with a big D after their name.

And while local voters gave the presidential race to GOP nominee Mitt Romney, at press time his lead over Barack Obama amounts to less than 4,000 votes in Riverside County.

Only one partisan race – the 67th State Assembly District – was without a Democrat this year.

By contrast, during the 2010 General Election, there were 21 partisan races on the ballot in Riverside County and only three went to a Democrat: State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Juan Vargas, State Senator, 40th District, and V. Manuel Perez, State Assembly 80th District, were the victorious Democrats.

During the 2008 presidential election, there were 13 partisan contests to decide in the county. Five of them, including the presidential, went to a Democrat; but of the 13 races, two had no Democrats on the ballot.

Post 2012 election, some are questioning whether Republicans had, on a national level, a disconnect with Latino and African-American voters, young voters, and highly educated voters.

In Riverside County, the Latino demographic in particular has become increasingly important as the number of non-white voters rises. According to the latest census data, 46 percent of Riverside County residents reported being of Hispanic or Latino origin, 39 percent reported being white of non-Hispanic origin, and 7 percent reported being black.

During Friday’s News Roundup on The Diane Rehm Show produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC, guest commentator Susan Page of USA Today told Rehm she believed Obama’s camp succeeded Tuesday by tapping into the “rising forces” in the U.S. electorate during the campaign.

“It is a coalition that elected him last time, but even more so this time, a coalition of the rising forces in the U.S. electorate: Hispanics, African-Americans, young people and some women, especially -- some whites, especially highly educated women,” she told Rehm.

Guest commentator Naftali Bendavid of The Wall Street Journal agreed with Page.

“I do think that the demographic issue is a big question. There's just no question that when you're alienating a large percentage of the electorate, which seems to have happened with Latino voters, it's a problem,” he said.

Their remarks came on the heels of comments by two vocal conservatives -- radio host Sean Hannity and columnist Charles Krauthammer – who showed a post-election shift in ideals by saying they would advocate an immigration bill that would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who are already in the United States.

But during the Rehm Show, Page noted that some conservative activists held a press conference Thursday at The National Press Club, in which they argued that Romney threw away a landslide win by not being conservative enough.

“I have to say that, even in the GOP, that is not the prevalent view,” Page contended.

Still, she acknowledged that either way – with or without far-right rhetoric – it was a close race.

“The Republicans got, what, 48 or -- 47, 48 percent of the popular vote, so that's a pretty even divide.”

Lash LaRue November 11, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The alienation of God in society began in the classroom. Today, blasphemies can easily be seen on TV and the cinema. Hollywood portrays the sane as the insane. The abnormal and perverted as normal. The unborn babies are seen as nothing. The silent holocaust continues. Is it any wonder America is in trouble?
tbone November 11, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Popeye I have seen numorous post which were created from you . But I have yet to see you say anything of importance with facts not stuff you just saw on the computer and read but research . You call name accuse ppl of being racist , You even have the adacity to post a news link , Its really important for you to answer with out name calling , Because to me from you'r past posts you are a true libral.
Kevin Clark November 11, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Welcome to home of the brave land of the freebie. Unforntunatly, it's come down to "the makers" and the "takers". It is too bad that now paying your own way is such an out dated contemptual concept. The norm now, seems to be get as much (of other peoples money extorted through taxes) from the goverment as you can. This thought process accompanied with the "don't worry everybody is doing it" or "I should get mine too, I deserve it". albeit this without personal effort. Or the best those "makers" they have too much anyway. So many sayings no longer apply to America, such as "there are no free lunches". Free is now a way of life, now there are plenty of free lunches, free after school care, free housing, free food, free cell phones, free, free, free. One thing I can say is the "takers" go through great efforts to hide "free". The "free" endorsers have great marketing skills, We now call free money for food "Fresh" not food stamps. Really fresh? Stale if you ask me. Or best example of oxy moronism "earned income credit" except you didn't earn it. The perpetually "disenfranchised" and the public employees appetite for tax revenue will always be there with hands out drawn asking more. Just in case you "takers" are unsure of what "free" is, it is receiving absolutely anything you didn't work for. This non prosecutable theft can be called a grant, retirement, food stamps, housing assistance, welfare, WICK the list of "free" goes on and on. The takers have a Safety net or hammock?
KB November 11, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Exactly Kevin Clark, the parasitic life-style is now fully embraced and encouraged - by public employee unions to crackheads and everyone in between.
Balance November 11, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Lash, The Wood County scenario you describe sounds impossible. Someone should look into this right away!
sam bradstreet November 11, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Hey wife beater, Dave Peters and Vic......CHARGERS LOSE!!!! I'm still laughing at you Roy!!!! Youre a LOSER!!!
sam bradstreet November 11, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Hey Kevin, keep working your conservative behind for everyone so they can get free stuff.........Oh BTW Kevin......you lost and your arguements caused the majority to vote opposite of you!!!! ROFLMBO.
sam bradstreet November 11, 2012 at 09:26 PM
CONSERVATIVES COLLAPSING!!! Bill Kristol: 'It Won't Kill The Country If We Raise Taxes' On Millionaires
sam bradstreet November 11, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Conservatives......ready to give us even more????? AMNESTY....coming to the country you love....LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL
Vic November 11, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Oh Jeffie, if you only knew...
KB November 11, 2012 at 10:22 PM
When nearly the majority of the electorate is on some kind of government benefit, do you really expect them to vote out their sugar daddy or vote down the theft of money from the so-called rich?
My Alias name November 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Good! Glad Diana and American are leaving after the way they sucked up to that ignoramus "The Teller of Truth" (biggest whining baby I have ever seen in my life) and "Constant Comment" (who is so out of shape his heart gives out on him over simple internet blogging and ends up in the hospital). All four of you make me puke. (Diana) I am so done with the Patch and this kind of blogging, it used to be fun but now it's just name calling and slamming each other over who has the last word. Have fun you guys i'm out of here!!!!!!! Happy Holidays!!!!! (American) I agree Diana. Its no fun when only the intellects of Popeye and Sam or whomever he is are on here. Carl is better than they are and that is not saying much. Later people! I am out!!
The Republican November 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Really Jeff? I have never been arrested for anything but I have done all you said retard? I sit here with my kids and hot GF and laugh at you. I will be sending you post cards from my vacations so you realize what a fucking dumbass you are. My life is great. I am going to spit in your face in person very shortly and look down and laugh at you Jeff. ROTFLMFAO
Jerry Simeon November 12, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Who cares about purple?? Obviously not the Republicans. So, it doesn't matter, just forget about it. We'll just continue to live our "Bubble Boy" existence..... That's not the problem.... the problem was "mixed messages" or have we forgotten that too??? All the blame should go to people who didn't vote and Governor Brown for his treatment of the "illegal alien" problem... right??
sam bradstreet November 12, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Purple is the color of the black, blue and purple marks on conservatives after they got BEATEN UP at the voting booth. LOL
sam bradstreet November 12, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Did you pick up another bar floozie like Brittney???? Is this one drug addicted too???? LOL LOL LOL.......go Chargers.....LOL.......
Ed P. November 12, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Popeye.... Your ignorance is admirable.
Ed P. November 12, 2012 at 05:25 AM
So right wingers lack education? Like I said, bigoted and sad.
Ed P. November 12, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Russ, winner or loser, if you are proud of being a bigot you lose in life.
92595 November 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Conservatives get beaten up at voting booths? I guess that makes sense since it's consistent with Obama's Chicago thug reputation.
Roberto November 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Lash LaRue November 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I love Christmas lights. They remind me of the people who voted for Obama. They all hang together; half of them don’t work, and the ones that do, aren’t all that bright. For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.
Lash LaRue November 12, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Barack Obama received more than 99% of the vote in more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on election day. In fact, there were a substantial number of precincts where Mitt Romney got exactly zero votes. So how in the world did this happen? Third world dictators don't even get 99% of the vote. Overall, Mitt Romney received 30.12% of the vote in Cuyahoga County. There were even a bunch of precincts in Cuyahoga County that Romney actually won. But everyone certainly expected that Cuyahoga County would be Obama territory. And in most of the precincts that is exactly what we saw - large numbers of votes for both candidates but a definite edge for Obama. However, there are more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County where the voting results can only be described as truly bizarre. Yes, we always knew that urban areas would lean very heavily toward Obama, but are we actually expected to believe that Obama got over 99% of the votes in those areas? In more than 50 different precincts, Romney received 2 votes or less. Considering how important the swing state of Ohio was to the national election, one would think that such improbable results would get the attention of somebody out there. Could we be looking at evidence of election fraud hidden in plain sight?
Ponce de Leon November 12, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Not much intelligent conversation on here, that is for sure. Very discouraging. I just wonder how the people who are so strident in their positions and so rude in their responses get along with others in the day-to-day lives. Is this just an Internet thing where you can be rude behind your alias? If there is no room for compromise, very little will change and not much gets done. The Internet makes it easy to find only news/information that aligns with your position on the issues and it ends up leading to more extreme perspectives when people only listen to those who already agree with them. That's what I see on Patch. People yelling past each other all the time and repeating themselves over and over as if that is going to persuade anyone.
Lash LaRue November 13, 2012 at 02:08 AM
IRVING, Texas — Hostess Brands Inc. is permanently closing three bakeries following a nationwide strike by its bakers union. The Texas-based maker of Twinkies and Ding Dongs says the strike has prevented it from producing and delivering products. Hostess warned earlier this month that the strike, by about 30 percent of its workforce, could lead to bakery closures. It said Monday that it will close bakeries in Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati that collectively employ 627 workers. The company has about 18,300 employees. Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers. Seattle, St. Louis and Cincinnati? I bet 95% are Obama voters, How is that hope and change working out. Absolutely gotta love this:“We deeply regret this decision, but we have repeatedly explained that we will close facilities that are no longer able to produce and deliver products because of a work stoppage — and that we will close the entire company if widespread strikes cripple our business,” Hostess Brands CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said.Screw the union! Gregory has cojones that clank when he walks.
Lash LaRue November 13, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Operative Faith reveals that Kroger will soon join the ranks of Durden Restaurants and slash the hours of its non-exempt (hourly) workers to avoid millions in Obamacare penalties. To give you a sense of Kroger’s size and importance, its sales last year were $90 billion and it employs nearly 350,000 people. Most of its jobs are hourly and the vast majority of workers are neither millionaires or billionaires. Faith is a mid-level manager at Kroger and reports the dire news: Last week we found out that, beginning in January, any employee who is not full-time at that point,will be limited to 28 hours per week and all new hires will be subject to the same policy. Currently, part-time employees can work as many hours as needed. Many Kroger employees, I believe, will be shocked to find out about this new policy.
julian November 13, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Is anyone stupid enough to think it was just poor planning that Lake Elsinore built a sports stadium before it thought to build a college? The Republicans out here want to keep you undereducated and poor and distracted. The less you know, the better they fair at election time. This worked for years but the tide is changing. As as our population grows and becomes more cosmopolitan our politics will in turn reflect our sophistication becoming more and more progressive.
Lash LaRue November 13, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Balance November 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Lash, You sound upset.
popeye November 22, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Riverside County is no longer purple. It is now Blue...ha ha ha


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