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GOP Senate Candidates Make Pitches At State Convention

Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The San Francisco Chronicle / AP Pool

Rick Davies waits for an event to begin before the leading candidates for U.S. Senate debate at The University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., on Monday, April 25, 2016.

Carlos Avila Gonzalez / The San Francisco Chronicle / AP Pool

(AP) - Republican candidates for U.S. Senate made cameo appearances before a sparse crowd at a state party convention, underscoring the scant public attention the contest has generated in a state dominated by Democrats.

Tom Del Beccaro, a lawyer and former state party chairman, contrasted on Sunday the steady growth of government with an economy that has failed to deliver jobs for many. Duf Sundheim, also a lawyer and former state party chair, criticized the leading Democrats in the race failing to do their jobs. And theoretical physicist-turned-software developer Ron Unz argued that he was the only candidate who could attract votes from outside the Republican Party.

Only a few dozen people were on hand in Burlingame to hear their pitches, which came after the convention had officially adjourned.