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.
A supermajority would give the Democratic caucus power to raise taxes and override any vetoes from Gov. Jerry Brown.
For Republicans, who associate the Democratic party with rampant taxing and spending, that's a scary prospect.
"I see us as a one-party state," Republican voter Chuck Matthews said after meeting Thursday night with other GOP voters at a restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga.
"It's a one-party state, but I see us going bankrupt. We can't continue supporting people who refuse to work," added David Fernandez, who was standing nearby.
Matthews and Fernandez were two of about 20 people who gathered with the West Valley Republican Assembly to talk about the outcome of Tuesday's election.
"What happened?," Matthews asked during the middle of the group's discussion. "All of a sudden, we're talking `Romney is doing all right.' (Then) all of a sudden, boom."
A few at the restaurant ventured answers:
-- Hurricane Sandy put President Obama at the center of positive media coverage while Republican candidate Mitt Romney was forced to the sidelines.
-- The deadly attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya received less coverage than the storm in the campaign's final week.
-- The Republican Party may not have been unified enough in California, where new election laws made it possible for party members to compete against each other in the General Election.
Southern California Republicans are not alone in their pause to reconsider the GOP's future after an election that just did not go there way. Romney managed to win two states - Indiana and North Carolina - that President Obama won in 2008, but still fell short of claiming the White House.
Pundits, columnists and countless Americans with Internet access have offered a variety of explanations for how the Republican Party went wrong this year.
The leading narrative thus far is based on the notion that Republicans have failed to carry their message to just about anyone other than older white men.
The Pew Research Center reports whites accounted for 89 percent of all Romney voters. Whites also constituted a majority of Obama voters but the Democratic president did an even better job reaching out to women, blacks and Latinos.
Obama won 93 percent of the black vote and 71 percent of the Latino vote.
Blacks, Latinos and Asians, combined, are projected to constitute a majority of Americans by 2050.
California is already a minority-majority state, and a Field Poll reported days before the election showed blacks, Latinos and Asians preferred Obama to Romney by wide margins.
Among whites, support between the Democratic and Republican tickets were evenly split at 47 percent.
"I think we need to practice our messaging and not be defined by what the Democrats say we are, but what we really are," said Assemblyman Curt Hagman, who served as chief whip for Assembly Republicans during the Legislature's last session.
Voters re-elected Hagman, R-Chino Hills, to represent the new 55th Assembly District, which includes parts of the San Gabriel Valley and western San Bernardino County.
Demographics may be enough to encourage Democrats to dream of an increasingly irrelevant Republican Party. But then again, it wasn't so long ago that people spoke - sometimes with dread - of the concept of "Permanent Republican Majority."
It didn't happen. Republicans held the White House and both houses of Congress from 2003 through 2006, when their poor showing in the midterm elections resulted in Democrats taking over the House of Representatives and Senate the following year.
But if Republicans are to avoid a prolonged losing streak to Democrats, former California Republican Party chairman Ron Nehring says Republicans in California and the rest of the country are going to have to communicate better with non-white voters.
"The party has to tear down the barriers with the Latino and Asian communities. That has to happen nationally," Nehring said.
Pew Hispanic Center exit polling shows 60 percent of Latino voters ranked the economy as their No. 1 issue this year.
But Nehring believes Republicans are losing opportunities to engage Latino voters with economic arguments because of the way many Republican figures deal with immigration.
Republicans do not need to support amnesty for illegal immigrants in order to reach out to Latinos, Nehring said.
But he also said Republicans don't realize the kinds of messages they send to potential voters when they only talk about immigration as a law enforcement matter instead offering reforms to encourage legal immigration.
"They go to the border and they all want to get photographed with the Border Patrol so the can send a message to their Republican constituents that they care about border security," he said.
"They send a very different message to their Latino constituents. They are saying `I'm going to make sure that fence is high enough so their grandma can't join them."'
One California Republican who has made anti-illegal immigration policies a focus of his career is Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia.
Before being elected to office, Donnelly founded a chapter of the Minuteman Project in 2005. The Minuteman Project's members gained extensive media coverage in the mid-2000s when they went U.S.-Mexican border to conduct their own patrols for illegal immigrants.
"We need to do a better, much better job of giving people someone to vote for who clearly and passionately articulates the values and principles that made this country great," he said in a phone message.
"I do not believe we should abandon our principles and try to pander to various groups to in order to get elected. I don't think that's a successful strategy. I do think we have to do a better job of connecting with more demographic groups and getting them to understand how higher taxes and more government control in their lives really limits the future for them and their children."
Donnelly was re-elected to represent the new 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino Mountains and High Desert.
Hoffenblum and Luis Alvarado, chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Greater Los Angeles, agreed that some Republicans' rhetoric has hurt the GOP's ability to extend its appeal across racial lines.
"There are members within the party and the media, to a certain degree, that I find responsible," Alvarado said. "Sometimes the media has a need to put a spectacle on controversy. They focus on individuals who may be more boisterous, but they don't represent most individuals in the party."
Some Republicans have also made the mistake of convincing themselves the GOP cannot win minority votes, Hoffenblum said.
He said too many Republicans, especially East Coasters, have viewed the Latino electorate as a bloc of steadfast labor Democrats, or worse, a constituency that trades votes for social services.
That means Republicans fail to appeal on a pro-business message to voters like someone active in a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce or a Latino attorney working in downtown Los Angeles, he said.
"They really do believe they're a part of the 47 percent that Romney so foolishly claimed," Hoffenblum said.
"We all live in Southern California, so we know that's a crock," he added.
The "47 percent" refers to a video in which Romney told an audience at a campaign fundraiser that 47 percent of Americans do not pay income tax and were guaranteed to vote for Obama because they are dependant upon government.
Hoffenblum and Alvarado both said the California GOP's future depends on finding black, Latino and Asian candidates who can prove that politically active minorities can win office with an "R" after their name.
"We need to find our (Marco) Rubios and (Brian) Sandovals in California," Alvarado said.
Rubio is a Florida senator who is often mentioned as a possible member of the 2016 Republican ticket.
Sandoval is the governor of Nevada and was previously the first Latino to serve as a federal judge within the state.
The new chairman of the San Bernardino County Democratic Party, Chris Robles, said he has worried about Republican opponents making inroads with the Latino community since the late 1980s.
Those fears have not been realized, he said. There will always be competition for votes, but Robles does not expect Republicans to break what he called a coalition of minority voters.
"We've all been able to identify with being suppressed and ignored by the majority of the past, and now it's switched," Robles said.
For years, Republicans have been able to win votes in white-majority suburban districts that surrounded urban districts where voters elected nonwhite Democrats, Nehring said.
Safe districts meant Republicans lacked enough incentive to reach out to minority voters.
But redistricting means Republicans now have more competition and a greater need to appeal to a broader spectrum of voters, said Nehring and former Republican state Senate leader Jim Brulte.
"You have to start by showing a willingness to do that (outreach)," Brulte said. "Second, you have to listen. And third, you have to find common ground."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.