California

Even party stalwarts acknowledge the GOP likely won’t be winning top-of-the-ticket statewide races for the foreseeable future.

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks during a news conference in the San Pedro section of Los Angeles on Feb. 2, 2021. | Jae C. Hong, File, AP Photo

By DAVID SIDERS

09/27/2021 02:24 PM EDT

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SAN DIEGO — It took a decade of electoral defeats and the humiliation of this month’s failed gubernatorial recall. But as the California Republican Party gathered over the weekend for its biannual convention, the bleak reality sunk in.

For the foreseeable future, Republicans likely won’t be winning top-of-the-ticket statewide races in California — or even seriously competing in them. Even party stalwarts here acknowledged it.

It’s a predictable evolution for a moribund party, but one loaded with identity-altering implications for the GOP in the nation’s most populous state. For years, Republicans in California ran candidates for marquee statewide races, lost and regrouped, certain that the next time might be different. That thinking has changed following their drubbing in the recall.

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