March 21st, 2011, 4:44 pm
Posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter

Orange County continues to be the 800-pound gorilla of California Republican politics, thanks in good measure to the size of the county and the number of major donors. But O.C. continues to slip in its ranking of the state’s most GOP counties. And that gorilla may have shed a few pounds.

In 1999, the party fell below 50 percent of all county voters for the first time since 1984. In 2001, it lost its spot as the California county with the highest percentage of GOP voters. By 2007, it ranked ninth among the 58 counties.

It is now 18th, with a 43-percent share of registered voters, according to Secretary of State rankings released last month.

Modoc County Republicans lead the list, with 49.5 percent of voters, followed by Placer County with 48.2 percent, and Lassen County with 48.1 percent.

Alameda County leads the list for Democrats, with 56.7 percent, follow by San Francisco County with 56.1 percent and Marin County with 54.9 percent.

Orange County Democrats, with 31.9 percent share, rank 10th from the bottom.

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