By David Siders
02/28/2015 6:11 PM

Population trends have been working against the Republican Party for so long in California that a workshop on “changing demographics” came with an air of exasperation at the state party’s biannual convention Saturday.

“1922 was a great year to be a Republican in California,” Bernd Schwieren, a senior consultant to the Assembly Republican Caucus, told a small crowd.

Lately, not so much.

The Republican Party’s registration rolls have fallen to about 28 percent statewide, and third party status is just around the corner. Schwieren expects the number of independent voters to overtake Republicans “probably within the next year or two years.”

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