‘Trump stink’ in a blue state. Can California Republicans pivot from his presidency unscathed?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Following the November election, California Republicans felt they had some momentum. After losing a devastating seven congressional seats in 2018, the California GOP was able to win back four in 2020. After several years of declining registration, Republicans in the fall reported being slightly above those who choose “no party preference.” They were modest gains, but they signaled that California Republicans were connecting with voters. Then, things took a turn. Former President Donald Trump’s monthslong battle to overturn the results of a fair and free election culminated…

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