California GOP plots future of party in blue state

Mar 14, 2014 6:49 PM

BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) - California Republicans are gathering in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend to plot the future of the party in a state where their registration and influence have been sliding.

Party Chairman Jim Brulte has brought the party out of debt, with the most recent reports showing it has nearly $1.4 million in the bank.

Brulte says the leadership also is "pushing the party out of its comfort zone."

Still, it's an uphill climb. All statewide elected officials are Democrats, both houses of the Legislature have large Democratic majorities, and just 29 percent of voters are registered Republican.

Defending several congressional and legislative seats will be among the party's top priorities this year.

Friday's events include a reception honoring Kevin Faulconer, who recently won the San Diego mayor's office.

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