July 2018 BayAreaGOP Newsletter Articles
Primary Results Put GOP in Position to Battle for Fall Victory
California Republicans broke the Democrats 2/3 majority in the State Legislature with the successful recall of Democratic State Senator Josh Newman and election of former Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang to the State Senate. This brings the number of Republicans in the State Senate to 14 – enough to block the 2/3’s vote requirement to raise state taxes.
This win sets up the battle this fall to keep or expand the GOP presence in the State Legislature to prevent Democrats from pursuing their relentless effort to increase the tax burden on hard working Californians.
Perhaps the most pivotal race in this effort will be the open seat in Senate District 12 which includes some or all of Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, and Fresno counties. Madera County Supervisor Rob Poythress (see accompanying article) is the Republican nominee.
Equally important is the battle to retain incumbent Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker as the only partisan Republican representing a portion of the 9 county Bay Area. Baker received 56.6% of the vote in her primary, but the general election will be a challenge in a district with 27.9% GOP registration.
Republicans filed candidates in 24 districts touching portions of our coverage area extending from Sonoma to Monterey. In all but one of those districts, Republicans earned a spot in the top two. In the remaining 10 districts, incumbent Democrats will be opposed by other Democrats, NPP’s or write in candidates – opposition made possible or easier in the case of write-ins by the top-two system. Republicans will field five statewide candidates, this fall giving every GOP voter a strong reason to turn out to support our Republican ticket.
Republican chances will be boosted by the recent qualification of Proposition 6, the initiative to repeal the gas tax, that will now appear on the November ballot, providing our candidates the opportunity to run on a platform of lower taxes for all Californians.
In addition, the Supreme Court’s recent Janus decision will make it harder for public employee unions to raise campaign dollars to oppose our nominees.
As a result, Republicans will have some wind at their backs going into the fall election. With your hard work and support, we look forward to many Republican victories.