"Republicans really hoped that when this independent redistricting commission created these districts, they would pick up some seats," said political scientist Larry Gerston of San Jose State University. "Now the state could be more blue. Indigo. You can't get any bluer than that."
Republicans have been on the decline in California because of the divisive policies embraced by the party, including those involving immigration and gay rights, said GOP consultant Richard Grenell of Los Angeles, former foreign policy spokesman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.