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Dominant Yet Powerless, California Republicans Convene In Sacramento

Bruce Welser of Oakhurst voted for Donald Trump last fall and continues to strongly support him a month K to his presidency.


California Republicans are gathering in Sacramento Friday for their statewide convention this weekend, with their party dominant in Washington but powerless in the Golden State. 

Republican registration in California is just 26 percent; the party has zero statewide officeholders; and Democrats hold supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature. Yet President Trump’s among the GOP base hasn’t slipped – even in deep blue California.

“He’s accomplished an awful lot,” said Trump supporter Bruce Welser. 

He was finishing up a late lunch in the Mariposa County town of Oakhurst earlier this week. He’s irritated that California Democrats are trying to block the president’s efforts, particularly on immigration.

“That’s my tax money and nobody asked me – well, hey, what do you think, can we use the money to try to make his policies look bad? Well no, you can’t," said Welser. "He’s trying to fix the country, c’mon, give him a break, y’know?” 

A recent Public Policy Institute of California poll showed Trump with the same support statewide and among Republicans as he had last fall.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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