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As in Colorado Springs, the huge influx of white, middle-class voters from southern California has played a decisive role in the Rocky
Mountain West’s shift to the right. During the early 1990s, for the first time in California history, more people moved out of the state than
into it. Between 1990 and 1995, approximately one million people left southern California, many of them heading to the mountain states.
William H. Frey, a former professor of demography at the University of Michigan, has called this migration “the new white flight.” In 1998,
the white population of California fell below 50 percent for the first time since the Gold Rush. The exodus of whites has changed California’s
political equation as well, turning the birthplace of the Reagan Revolution into one of the nation’s most solidly Democratic states.
Many of the problems that caused white, middle-class families to leave southern California are now appearing in the Rocky Mountain
states. During the early 1990s, about 100,000 people moved...
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