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Turnout Worries Mount For California Republicans

Some Republicans hope gas-tax repeal effort could drive voters to the polls.

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Kimberly Railey
March 9, 2018, 11:04 a.m.

"California Republicans failed to field a serious candidate for governor or Senate ahead of the Friday filing deadline and are now wrestling with a related issue: possible turnout trouble in their vulnerable House districts.

With the potential for the state’s quirky primary system to shut them out of statewide races, some Republicans in the state fear that fewer of their voters will show up on Election Day, when Democrats are eyeing a staggering 10 House seats in California."

"The problem, GOP strategists said, is even more pronounced at a time when Democratic enthusiasm is already high and President Trump’s approval rating continues to slide."

“There is deep concern,” said California Republican consultant Jason Roe. “But I also think for the most part everyone is resigned to the reality.”

"Still, there are efforts under way to try to draw more Republicans to the polls. Some in the state are hoping to force onto the ballot a repeal of the state’s new gas tax, mindful of the higher turnout it could spur. The tax, passed by the state legislature in the spring, has remained highly controversial." (Hotline reporting)

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