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As San Bernardino County becomes increasingly Latino, the political fortunes of the Republican Party have dimmed. While the percentage of immigrants in the county has more than doubled over the past three decades, the share of the Republican vote in presidential elections has continued to drop, according to a new study.

"The immigrant influx in California has politically realigned the state," said the study's author, James Gimpel, a government professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. "There's no question that the very, very large volume of international migrants in Southern California counties has altered the political complexion of the state to favor the Democratic Party." In 1980, less than 8percent of San Bernardino County residents were born outside the United States. By 2008, that figure topped 18percent.

At the same time, the percentage of the county electorate voting Republican in presidential elections declined from nearly 60percent in 1980 to less than 46percent in 2008. READ FULL STORY

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