West Coast becomes Left Coast as GOP is swept inland

Source: Washington Examiner | November 14, 2018 | Daniel Chaitin

After last week’s midterm elections, Republicans control just 38 miles of the 7,626-mile Pacific shoreline of the United States — a far cry from the halcyon days of former President Ronald Reagan when the GOP was a force to be reckoned with on the West Coast.

After two districts went Democratic blue in Southern California, only one strip of coast remains Republican red — an approximately 38-mile stretch of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, where incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler defeated Democrat Carolyn Long.

Orange County, a longstanding Republican beachhead, went Democrat for the first time in 80 years when surfing congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a 30-year incumbent and staunch ally of President Trump, was declared the loser in his 48th District House race against Democrat Harley Rouda.

The GOP also lost the 49th District after Rep. Darrell Issa decided not to seek re-election and the Republican who sought to replace him, Diane Harkey, lost to Mike Levin — another historically Republican stronghold swept away by the so-called “blue wave” in a brutal rebuke to Trump.

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