Former Senate Minority Leader Jim Brulte of Rancho Cucamonga talks with delegates at the California Republican Party convention, from left, Adele Harrison, Valarie Skovron, Sharon Mayberry and Jackie Raspler, right, in Sacramento on Friday. Brulte is expected to be elected as the party’s new chairman. (Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press / March 1, 2013)
On politics in the Golden State
By Seema Mehta
March 1, 2013, 6:45 p.m.
SACRAMENTO—As California Republicans gather here Friday for their weekend convention, it’s difficult to recall when the group that produced Ronald Regan was at a lower point. The party hasn’t elected a statewide candidate in seven years. It is awash in debt. GOP voter registration is at a historic low of less than 30%.
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