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Here's why these Republicans think they can be elected governor in deep-blue California

Here's why these Republicans think they can be elected governor in deep-blue California

Assemblyman Travis Allen and businessman John Cox, two politicians unfamiliar to most Californians, share an audacious goal that no Republican has achieved in more than a decade: to be elected governor of the Golden State.

Despite the Democrats’ dominance of statewide politics in California, the two men think the state’s liberal-leaning voters are open to their message. They believe growing frustration with California’s high cost of living and what they describe as liberal overreach in Sacramento — most recently the gas tax increase — could tilt the race in their favor.

But the obstacles are daunting. Democratic Party advantages in voter registration, money and power have...

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