SAN DIEGO — California Republicans have been called an endangered species in this “state of resistance” to the Trump administration, but they insist that their party will beat the odds in 2018 and take back the governor’s seat.
The conservative movement against California’s controversial “sanctuary state” law, a ballot measure to repeal Gov. Jerry Brown’s gas tax, and deepening concerns about rising housing costs and homelessness are fueling Republican hopes for a long-shot upset.
The California Republicans who gathered here this weekend for their state party convention say that’s because the Democratic Party — which controls every statewide seat and both houses of the state Legislature — has too often tested the patience of taxpayers. With voters preparing to start mail balloting Monday for the June 5 primary, Republicans are casting solidly Democratic California — the world’s sixth largest economy and home to Silicon Valley — as a broken state hobbled with rising crime and taxes that are sending businesses and residents fleeing.
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