California’s June Primary Now Crucial in Republican Race for White House

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California Republicans are about to experience an event many of them have never seen — a primary that could determine a presidential nomination.

This June, California primary voters could actually help determine the outcome of the presidential nomination race. (Credit: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)

This June, California primary voters could actually help determine the outcome of the presidential nomination race. (Credit: Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times)

Because Donald Trump lost Ohio’s primary on Tuesday night, ceding the state’s 66 delegates to its governor, John Kasich, the race to claim the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination seems unlikely to be settled before California votes on June 7.

Barring another big shift in the race, such as a decision by one of the three remaining candidates to drop out, the contest for California will be critical to the outcome. How important is it?

So important that Kasich gave the state — home to one of every eight Americans — a shout-out in his nationally televised victory speech Tuesday night.

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