UC Irvine senior Ariana Rowlands is buddies with Milo Yiannopoulos, the right-wing provocateur who has sparked campus uproars over free speech. She writes for Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News. And she is unapologetically combative in campus culture wars.
Leesa Danzek, a USC graduate, works for a centrist Republican state legislator. She favors moderation and inclusion and says shock-jock tactics will drive college conservatives away.
The two young women head opposing slates for control of the California College Republicans in its first contested election in nearly a decade.
The bruising battle, to be decided at the state party convention this weekend, mirrors the larger...