House Republicans suddenly optimistic about California political landscape

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has reason for optimism about the chances of California Republican candidates, starting in his own backyard.

Hoping to capitalize off the special election victory by Republican Mike Garcia in the state’s 25th Congressional District, at the top of Los Angeles County and eastern parts of Ventura County, the California GOP has its eyes on taking back other seats the party lost to Democrats in the 2018 election cycle.

No longer bogged down by a lurking “blue wave” or a Michael Bloomberg super PAC infusing millions of dollars into freshmen Democratic challengers’ campaign chests, Republicans are seeing more opportunities with President Trump at the top of the ticket this time around.

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