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California Dems Aim to Use Trump Connections Against GOP

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Jun 2016 11:25 AM

Democrats in California are targeting Republicans in upcoming primaries by leveraging the top of the ticket, presumptive presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Trump's comments on Mexicans and immigrants might prove problematic in California, where Vice reports that Republicans had little success with the Latino population even before Trump's candidacy. In 1994, then-governor Pete Wilson passed Proposition 187 that aimed to deny public services to illegal immigrants.

California Republicans fared poorly in the California primaries, according to The New York Times. For an open U.S. Senate seat, no Republicans got enough votes to qualify, so the seat will be determined between two Democrats.

The state is 40 percent Latino, according to the Times. The Vice report said that about 77 percent of the state's Latino population view Trump negatively.

Among the Democrats' targets is Rep. David Valadao, who advanced in his primary, and now heads toward a November runoff. Democrats are aiming to tie him to Trump, although he has not weighed in on whether he supports the real estate mogul, according to Bakersfield.com.

Like Valadao, Rep. Steve Knight has also held back from weighing in on whether he supports Trump, according to the San Francisco Chronicle in May.

The Chronicle reported that some California Republicans said they were "supporting the Republican nominee" but did not mention Trump's name.

"The timing of this is really bad for Republicans because it comes right in the middle of a rebuilding process for Republicans in California," GOP strategist Bill Whalen said, Vice reports.

The state's Republicans are 8 percent Latino, while the state's Democrats are one-third Latino, according to Vice.

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