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California GOP survives, barely, to fight another day
California GOP survives, barely, to fight another day

When political neophyte Pete Peterson was thinking about running for California secretary of state, his mentor urged him on with surfer logic: "Sometimes you need to be the guy in the water when the wave hits." The mentor was former Secretary of State Bill Jones, a fellow Republican who himself caught a national GOP tidal wave to narrowly win the office 20 years ago. Peterson, a Pepperdine University think tank director with a gorgeous daily view of the Malibu surf, was figuratively in the water Tuesday and caught a nice wave. But it wasn't quite big enough to carry him to Sacramento. He lost to Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles by five percentage points,...

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