California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte, a former state legislator who took over the party at a low point two years ago, was overwhelmingly reelected to another term on Sunday.
Brulte assumed control of a party badly in need of rebuilding. In addition to holding no statewide offices and dropping below 30 percent of the state’s registered voters, it squandered a handful of congressional races and was relegated to super-minority status in both the Assembly and the Senate for the first time in over a century.
Last fall, despite dropping all eight statewide races and losing a congressional seat, the GOP won in several key legislative districts to wipe away Democratic supermajorities. Brulte credited the victories to fielding candidates that better reflected their communities.
Brulte, a principal at the public affairs firm California Strategies, also has helped the party turn around its fundraising and is working on several tech projects designed to better target potential voters.
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Harmeet Dhillon, a San Francisco attorney, was reelected vice chair.
Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.