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Blue state Republican success stops at the California border

By in Press Enterprise on October 5, 2017

By John Phillips

In the 2016 contest for California’s open U.S. Senate seat, state Republicans failed to even get a candidate on the November ballot. State Attorney General Kamala Harris ended up besting Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in the Democrat-on-Democrat race, and recent polling indicates history may repeat itself — the California GOP could fail to get a candidate into the 2018 general election matchup to replace outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown. GOP insiders say they’re also having a hard time fielding a slate of candidates for down-ballot statewide races.

Meanwhile, infamous mobster Salvatore “Sammy The Bull” Gravano is in talks with production companies about making his own TV show when he gets out of jail this year, proving we have come to the point where it’s easier to find a man in the witness protection program than it is to find a Republican on your November ballot.

If “Sammy The Bull” really wanted anonymity maybe he should have run for California Lieutenant Governor.

The last time Republicans won a statewide race in California was 2006 when then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was re-elected to a four-year term and Steve Poizner was selected as the state’s insurance commissioner.

Since then it’s been nothing but crickets.

State Republicans blame their string of losses on the state’s leftward tilt and declining registration numbers.

But that’s only part of the story, and doesn’t explain why Republicans are enjoying electoral success in states that are tougher for Republicans than California.

Consider this: The most popular governor in America right now is Charlie Baker, a Republican from Massachusetts, whose sky-high approval rating is 71 percent.

The second-most-popular governor in America is Larry Hogan, a Republican from the deeply blue state of Maryland. His approval number is an enviable 68 percent.

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