California's Ailing Republicans: A Dying Breed? - CBS News California counted more registered Republicans in 1988 than it does today, even though the state population has since grown by about 10 million. Setting aside the politically ambidextrous Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose celebrity eclipsed his Republican registration, the California GOP counts only a single victory in 21 statewide contests since 2002 - that of insurance commissioner in 2006. You'd have to go back more than two decades to find a Republican, George H.W. Bush, who carried the state in a presidential election.