Jim Brulte, the chairman of the California Republican Party on Dec. 4, 2013 in Sacramento. (Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By Taryn Luna
December 16, 2016 – 4:53 PM

California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte is mounting a re-election bid and high-profile GOP figures are already lining up to back him.

Tim Clark, Donald Trump’s state director; Ron Nehring, national spokesman for Ted Cruz; and Steve Poizner, California chairman for John Kasich, issued a joint statement supporting Brulte’s run Friday.

“Our party faces challenges, there’s no doubt,” they said. “But the California GOP is also building for the future and making progress in spite of the difficult electoral landscape. Much of the credit goes to Jim Brulte.”

The politicos are referring to the party’s uphill battle to win support in a deep-blue state. In the most recent blow to the California GOP, Democrats secured supermajorites in both houses of the state Legislature on Election Day.

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