Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/10/2012 06:12:26 AM PST
Updated: 11/10/2012 08:06:44 PM PST

California, where Republicans Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan rose to prominence on the way to the White House, is on the brink of becoming a one-party state in the hands of the Democrats.

The Democratic Party, of course, has long-dominated California’s legislative houses and its rising influence over the past couple decades has colored the Golden State with a deep blue hue on election maps.

The power gap between California’s Republicans and Democrats seems to be widening as the final votes from Tuesday’s election are added to the official count.

It may grow even wider, some leading Republicans say, if their party cannot learn how to carry its conservative message to nonwhites, especially Latinos and Asians.

“The California Republican Party has become a regional party. A white male party,” said Allan Hoffenblum, a former Republican political consultant and owner of the Los Angeles-based Hoffenblum and Associates.

Failures to connect across racial lines, combined with the loss of safe legislative districts in the aftermath of redistricting, means the Republicans are on the verge of seeing their influence sink to a rare low point in Sacramento.

Absent reversals of fortune in a few close legislative races, Democrats are poised to achieve supermajorities in the Assembly and state Senate for the first time in 120 years.

Democrats already control the governorship.

And the Attorney General’s Office.

And every other elective office holding executive authority for the entire state.

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