As a longtime registered Republican, Jenner's party affiliation would certainly make for an uphill battle in sapphire-blue California. But some of her early positions — such as lower taxes, criticism of COVID-19 closures and strong support for former President Trump's border wall — seemed like they could strike a chord on the right.
It has not worked out that way. California Republicans have yet to flock to her. And Jenner's identity as a transgender woman has cut both ways for her campaign. Many in the LGBTQ community write her off because of her conservative politics, while she recently faced transphobic attacks from the right.
At the Conservative Political Action Conference in mid-July, a heckler repeatedly called Jenner "Bruce" and referred to her as a "sick freak" in a video later posted on Twitter. "Deadnaming," or referring to someone by their pre-transition name, can be a form of harassment and can cause the target emotional distress.
"Why do we want a picture with a t—? We're supposed to be conservatives," the heckler said, using a transphobic slur just before the end of the video. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) misgendered Jenner shortly after the CPAC incident, referring to the candidate as a "man in a dress" in a tweet posted Monday.