An interesting look at the record:
From a list of California governors
Since 1900, Democrats have held the governorship for only 24 years - a mere 8 if you don't count the father-and-son Browns. Even though the state senate and assembly have tended to be Democratic in the last 50 years, the Republicans seem to expect to win the governor's office as a compensation. No wonder they were so hot to oust Davis via the recall.
NOTE: Early Republican governors were progressive (e.g. Hiram Johnson
), but have gotten more conservative over time.