Between 1952 and 1988 Republicans won the state in nearly every presidential election in California. The majority of the population were Republicans. In 1994, the state had over a million illegal immigrants. A Republican authored a Proposition that would prevent illegal immigrants from receiving services, including education in the state.
After Propersition 187,Save our State (SOS) was passed and later overturned by the courts. Several Hispanics successfully ran for office and changed the face of Politics of the State. Today, Republicans represent less than 24% of registered voters in California.