California’s establishment Republicans are making their final stand.
After decades of decline and a devastating 2018 election that gutted an already decimated state party, the GOP’s more moderate wing is gearing up for a state convention this weekend that some argue is their last opportunity to avert total collapse.
A battle over the state party chairmanship offers two competing visions for the future. One tightly embraces President Donald Trump, while the other focuses more on the nuts and bolts of party-building and organizing.
The two approaches aren’t exactly complimentary. Trump, who lost California by a stunning 30 percentage points in 2016, remains highly unpopular here: Nearly two-thirds of voters disapprove of his performance as president.