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Wed Nov 14, 2018, 09:50 AM


'The Grand Old Party is dead': Agony in California as Republican losses spiral

By Isaac Stanley-Becker November 14 at 6:31 AM

An obituary appeared Tuesday in CALmatters, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization based in Sacramento.

Kristin Olsen, the vice chair of the California Republican Party, announced the death of the political grouping to which she has belonged her entire adult life.

“The California Republican Party isn’t salvageable at this time,” she wrote in a guest column. “The Grand Old Party is dead — partly because it has failed to separate itself from today’s toxic, national brand of Republican politics."

Tuesday brought ample evidence of her point, as Rep. Jeff Denham became the latest California Republican to fall victim to the blue wave that may not have swept the nation but certainly crested in California, the nation’s most populous state.

The four-term incumbent was unseated in California’s farm belt by Josh Harder, a former venture capitalist, the Associated Press concluded a week after voters went to the polls to deliver a nationwide verdict on the first two years of the Trump presidency.

Denham joined Reps. Steve Knight and Dana Rohrabacher as ousted GOP incumbents in California. Republicans also surrendered an open seat that will be vacated by Rep. Darrell Issa.

“While the rest of the nation saw a mix of Republican and Democrat victories, we in California experienced a blue tsunami,” Olsen wrote. “It looks as if Democrats will win nearly every target seat, including some in districts that have been historically considered ‘safe’ for Republicans.”


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