But even before Californians went to the polls Tuesday, some GOP candidates were already looking ahead in hopes that the party can marshal its forces and candidates and come up with a cohesive message that carries into the fall.
“We first have to recognize that, very often, these contests become divisive and a lot of hot rhetoric is thrown around — and people immediately wonder how we come back together again,’’ said Ron Nehring, the former state party chair who is running for lieutenant governor. “I’ve seen this all before.’’
Nehring says he’s already met with a group of statewide candidates — including controller candidate Ashley Swearengin, the Fresno mayor, secretary of state hopeful Pete Peterson and Ted Gaines, candidate for insurance commissioner, to plan for the next GOP move.
The group is assessing new ways to reach out to both sides and forge alliances that Nehring says would help Republicans in California find their footing in November.
“The Democrats would love for us to stay divided,” he said, “but we have to get past this.”
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