California right now is pretty much a Democratic State with San Diego rapidly becoming Democrat from Republican. My choice whether to run on the Republican ticket or an Independent ticket is dependent on an analysis of economic, technological and social climate of the state right now and what it will be in next decade of the 21st century. The biggest change is the US government will be coming from a historic moment: The First African American President in Unites States of America history. Naturally, the new administration can not govern under a "shadow," whether it be a Democrat or a Republican Administration. For California, it going to be about political maneuvering for the best position when dealing with the other US Senators and states.
"Democratic California Sen. Barbara Boxer is not running for reelection in 2016, she announced in a video Thursday, setting up a mammoth race for the first open Senate seat in the Golden State in more than two decades."