Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox, center, blasts a recent gas tax increase during a news conference Monday, June 18, 2018, in Sacramento. The GOP is hoping a candidate at the top of the state ticket along with an initiative to repeal the tax hike will turn out their dwindling California base.
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox, center, blasts a recent gas tax increase during a news conference Monday, June 18, 2018, in Sacramento. The GOP is hoping a candidate at the top of the state ticket along with an initiative to repeal the tax hike will turn out their dwindling California base. Rich Pedroncelli AP
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox, center, blasts a recent gas tax increase during a news conference Monday, June 18, 2018, in Sacramento. The GOP is hoping a candidate at the top of the state ticket along with an initiative to repeal the tax hike will turn out their dwindling California base. Rich Pedroncelli AP

GOP’s long slide into irrelevance in California

July 01, 2018 12:01 AM