Trump candidacy complicates CA Senate race

 

Donald Trump at podiumDonald Trump has complicated the already difficult task California Republicans face in blunting Kamala Harris’s dominant campaign for Senate. 

With an already unfavorable race to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer ramping up, analysts have cautioned the GOP that Trump’s evident lock on the nomination will likely reverberate throughout the balloting on Election Day. “Republicans are already struggling to make headway in the 34-candidate primary,” the Washington Post reported. “The leading Democrats — Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez — now are even more likely to advance to November, California political operatives said following Trump’s Indiana victory [May 3].”

“Polls have consistently shown Harris leading the California race, with one out this week putting her support at 29 percent, followed by Sanchez with 18 percent. The next closest competitor is Republican Tom Del Becarro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, who drew 10 percent support in the KABC/Survey USA poll. Close on his heels are Ron Unz, a Republican activist with 8 percent and Duf Sundheim, a former state party chairman, with 7 percent.”

Continuing a pattern of controversy and minor chaos surround the campaign, Trump’s delegate slate sent several shock waves through California and beyond. Former Republican Assemblyman Bob Pacheco wound up on the slate through no effort or intention of his own, prompting Pacheco to warn the campaign not to expect his support.

Delegate drama

And that was only the beginning. “The news comes the day after the revelation that a Los Angeles-area white nationalist had been named a member of Trump’s slate,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “A Trump aide said William Johnson’s inclusion on a list of delegates submitted Monday to the California secretary of state’s office was an error. The campaign has since said Johnson and Pacheco will be struck from the delegate rolls.” The ordeals, according to the Times, entrenched the view among Trump’s Golden State adversaries that his ground operation was a shambles:

“In California, Katie Lagomarsino is Trump’s delegate coordinator. But according to public records and a person who knows her, Lagomarsino is a 22-year-old who was in the midst of studying for college finals as the delegate selection process took place. She worked briefly as an assistant at a Sacramento-based political fundraising firm.”

No consensus has emerged as to which GOP Senate candidate stands the most to gain or lose thanks to Trump. “The problem for the party is that the leading Republicans in the Senate race — former state GOP chairmen Tom Del Beccaro and Duf Sundheim, and physicist and entrepreneur Ron Unz — are essentially unknown,” the Associated Press noted. “Del Beccaro and Sundheim have struggled with fundraising, and it’s not clear how much money Unz will commit to the race from his own checkbook.” 

Chasing attention

But as state Republicans begin to line up behind Trump, the exposure problem could disappear fast. From Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, leading officeholders have pitched their support as a matter of party loyalty and political honor, as the San Francisco Chronicle observed: “My fellow Republicans should grow up and admit that we have to do what the voters want to do, and we’re not in control, the voters are,” Rohrabacher said. Rep. Darrell Issa, who had earlier cautioned against nominating Trump, recently characterized anti-Trump diehards as members of “the consultant and donor classes, established opinion writers, think-tank officials and other Washington wise men.”

Given that landscape, Republican Senate candidates laboring for attention could find themselves with surprising opportunities to seize public attention. While the former chairmen could quickly rise to prominence by pitting themselves against the presumptive nominee, Unz could capitalize on the populist environment and present himself as offering all the disruptive advantages of Trump and none of the personality or policy-driven disadvantages. 

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  1. Dude
    Dude 12 May, 2016, 12:29

    First, what a Dimocrat hack piece this POS story is. How many photos did this pseudo-journalist look thru before he found one frame bad enough to use? Second, “the personality or policy-driven disadvantages”….. How can you even pen this trash while you have Obonehead in office and the screaching man-she known as Hitlery trying to take his place as emperor? Your story is nothing but partisan politics, so stop trying to pass it on as journalism.

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  2. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 12 May, 2016, 15:06

    Dude,

    Trump on Fiorina: ‘Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?’

    Yude have to look through a hunnert pitchers of T rump to find one that don’t look like a refugee from “Hunger Games”

    http://www05.usu.edu/today/images/large/ust_digital-folklore-project-2015.jpg

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  3. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 12 May, 2016, 21:45

    Trump is the gift that will just keep on giving. Not only will Clinton win the presidency, but the Senate will undoubtedly have a Democratic majority. If things keep trending the way they are, even the House could see a Democratic majority next year.

    In any event, Trump has effectively killed the Goldwater/Reagan conservatism that controlled the Republican party for the last four decades. For that, he should be thanked.

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  4. Dude
    Dude 12 May, 2016, 22:40

    You must’ve listened to that Aerosmith song too many times…..Dream On.

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  5. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 13 May, 2016, 11:02

    Watch and learn, Dude.

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    • T Tedly Steele DD
      T Tedly Steele DD 13 May, 2016, 13:45

      I hope you’re right S Dog— But lately I have noticed polling data and a vibe on the campaign that makes me think USA may have entered a stupidity tipping point. I mean look at the Dommera Morons ™ out here. It’s a nice cross section of low information patho-fascists out here and they are Trump to the end– I think Hillary is in for a VERY tough campaign and maybe a very close election. The fact that nothing that Trump EVERR says lowers his polling tells you only one thing— that the electorate is with him. This is a stupid nation and we may have to go thru a catastrophic 4 years with this maniac. ironically he will be no republican as a president. He will be an ignorant hack presiding over near chaos with poor results—– it will be fun to watch the Doomera squirm and defend!

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  6. Dude
    Dude 13 May, 2016, 15:26

    Pay attention Skippy and boy of steel….
    Nobody that read your inept post agrees with you on Trump’s abilities. He is a self-made billionaire. With regards to chaos, please refer to Obonehead’s last 8 years and the havoc it has wrought to not only the U.S., but to our allies as well. Trumps campaign has been a steam roller and will destroy Hitlery, also known as the Golem and the Screeching Man-She. Just do me a favor, when it’s announced that Trump has trounced the Hildabeast, please show your face back on the posting boards. I look forward to seeing you eat crow. However, I already know you and those of your ilk won’t. I made the same type of prediction before the 2014 congressional elections and none of your sore-loser butt buddies showed up to even whine.

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  7. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 13 May, 2016, 17:38

    Dude says,
    He is a self-made billionaire.
    ————————————–
    Hahahaha!! Trump is a self made billionaire! Dude, you are such an idiot. Your boy Trump is the son of real estate tycoon Fred Trump. Fred Trump’s business success not only provided Donald Trump with a posh youth of private schools and economic security but eventually blessed him with an inheritance worth an estimated $40 million to $200 million. It is critical to note, however, that his father’s success, which granted Donald Trump such a great advantage, was enabled and buffered by governmental financing programs! From the moment of his birth, Trump was set up for success. The large inheritance left to him by his father, coupled with the contributions and the protections of society and the US government made him his billions.

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  8. Donkey
    Donkey 13 May, 2016, 17:52

    The RAGWUS feeders are in for a surprise as the American private sector worker is jelling for Trump, looks like Skdog, Teddy, and intheoc will be having to pay for their adult diapers when Trump brings down the hammer. 🙂

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  9. Donkey
    Donkey 13 May, 2016, 17:58

    Sounds just like your bio my hose pulling RAGWAS feeding sow. 🙂

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  10. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 13 May, 2016, 20:12

    You’re an unhappy poly pants senior. Take your Enable and have a nice night!

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  11. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 13 May, 2016, 20:21

    Take your Ensure not Enable……sorry to mislead

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  12. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 14 May, 2016, 07:44

    Don’ sugar coat it, Tedly. Tell it like it is.

    My bet is, he may make it to office, but won’t last four years.

    The local conservative radio station (KMJ, Fresno) is already talking about the ways a pres can be removed from office.

    My bet is he would pull a Palin and just quit. Either because he can’t get his way, or one step ahead of the law.

    My family in Mississippi and Illinois are T rump supporters. Go figure

    Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.”

    Denis Waitley

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  13. Steele Boy
    Steele Boy 14 May, 2016, 10:51

    LOL Doood!

    I guess you didn’t read my post! LMAO !!!! I’ll be out here if Trump wins of course! I agree with you little buddy! Trump may well roll over Hillary! Can’t you read or have an adult read to you? Your comment that Trump is a billionaire so he must be smart? Wise? Intelligent? LMAO

    So is the inverse true? Those not wealthy are dumb?

    There is a strain of fascism exploding in America. Reminds me of pre war Germany. Trump. a fool, merely gives losers like you a voice! Enjoy little buddy!

    He may win.

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  14. Steele Boy
    Steele Boy 14 May, 2016, 10:52

    WOW well said s mod d

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  15. Steele Boy
    Steele Boy 14 May, 2016, 10:55

    LOL OMG BFF yet another Duncey Prediction ™

    Question for the blog—- Has Duncey or Poodle EVER been correct on ANY prediction out here????

    OH I love this blog!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Steele Boy
    Steele Boy 14 May, 2016, 10:57

    LOL— Duncey’s boy is a fan belt inspector?

    that’s nice— maybe Duncey has a redeeming quality!

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