By Joe Garofoli
Published: January 11, 2018
Updated:   January 11, 2018 – 11:50 pm

There are now four major Democrats and three Republicans running for governor. In California, that means there are too many Republicans in the race.

Hey, that’s not just my opinion. Ask Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party.

“We have three excellent candidates running for governor,” Brulte said the other day after Republican and former Sacramento congressman Doug Ose jumped in the race. “And if all three stay in, we run the risk of having an all-Democrat runoff.”

So at least one of the GOP candidates has to go, for the sake of voters who want the chance to choose a Republican for governor in November. And for the sake of every other California Republican running for office this year.

Brulte’s evaluation is based in the raw math of California’s top-two primary system and the dwindling appeal of Republicans west of the Sierra.

Roughly 39 to 41 percent of the votes in the June 5 primary are expected to be cast for Republicans, according to Paul Mitchell, vice president of Political Data, which provides voter information to campaigns and pollsters in both parties. About 59 to 61 percent is expected to be cast on the Democratic side of the ticket.

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