ICYMI: Orange County Voted for First Democratic Presidential Candidate Since FDR

We told you it could happen. Despite the resounding victory for Donald Trump on Tuesday, the traditional Republican stronghold of Orange County went blue for the first time since 1936—big league, as Donald Trump might say. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received 49.9 percent of the vote to Donald Trump’s 44.7 percent. A number of progressive initiatives—including a high-income earner tax extension, firearm restrictions, and pot legalization—were also embraced by the county.

The results underscore the fact that the demographic shift long talked about in California political circles is very real.

“It is difficult to draw conclusions from an election that has been anything but ordinary,” writes the Orange County Register’s editorial board, “but if general trends hold in Orange County, this should serve as a wake-up call to Republicans and conservatives that they need to do a better job of reaching out to the growing independents, millennials and minority communities that are largely shunning them, and make a convincing case for limited government and economic liberty, lest Orange County be turned a shade of blue.”


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