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The bad news is the most conservative Republican in the race who I believe had the best chance to beat Gavin Newsom for Governor, Travis Allen, lost.
The bad news is for Lt. Governor the choice is between a Democrat and a Democrat.
The bad news is that for United States Senator the choice is between a Democrat and a Democrat . . . once again.
Fortunately, that is essentially the end of the bad news, or at least until we see what happens in November.
The good news is that some very good candidates made it through the top-two gauntlet, and in California we still have an opportunity to make up ground.
Mark Meuser made it through for Secretary of State. If he gets elected, California's voter rolls will likely get cleaned up, and the fraud will be beaten back to a minimum.
Judge Steven Bailey also made it through, and with him as Attorney General we may actually see California return to the rule of law, rather than constantly seek to defy it.
Congressional candidates like Kimberlin Brown-Pelzer, Aja Smith, Christian Valiente, and Sean Flynn are also on the ballot in November, and these are candidates who may have a serious opportunity to flip a few of California's seats in the U.S. House of Representatives to the red column.
Sacramento may also lose some of its blue tinge, if a few Inland Empire Republicans pull off the upset in November. I am paying special attention to Toni Holle in the 52nd District, and Bill Essayli's fight against Sabrina Cervantes in District 60.
Another interesting twist in local politics is that Chad Bianco not only got enough votes to get into the top two, but outdid incumbent Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff. If the votes that went to fellow candidate Dave Brown migrate over to Bianco, the current Sheriff doesn't have a chance of surviving in November.
If history serves as any kind of indicator, the future looks bleak. In the past we took the moderate over the conservative a number of times, and each time we lost with the likes of Meg Whitman and Neel Kashkari. Unfortunately, the Republican voters fell for the same scam. We drank the liberal left's Kool Aid, which says that only a liberal Republican can win in California, and we once again rejected the best candidate in regards to protecting the platform of the GOP. However, despite my disappointment, it's time to rally behind Cox.
Perhaps John Cox is different. Perhaps he's a changed man and his sudden lurch towards conservatism is real. Perhaps he can beat Gavin Newsom.
While it is essentially with a heavy heart that I now throw my support behind John Cox, I do indeed do so. At the gubernatorial level, Cox is our only bet.
I pray the Lord has this.
I pray for California.
God help us if Gavin Newsom wins in November.
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