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2 Candidates in Fierce Battle Over ‘Future and Soul’ of California College Republicans

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Jordan Sadlier, president of the Bruin Republicans, left, stands over conservative signage while trying to recruit new members at UCLA's annual student activities fair in September. (Credit: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

UC Irvine senior Ariana Rowlands is buddies with Milo Yiannopoulos, the right-wing provocateur who has sparked campus uproars over free speech. She writes for Steve Bannon’s Breitbart News. And she is unapologetically combative in campus culture wars.

Leesa Danzek, a USC graduate, works for a centrist Republican state legislator. She favors moderation and inclusion and says shock-jock tactics will drive college conservatives away.

The two young women head opposing slates for control of the California College Republicans in its first contested election in nearly a decade.

The bruising battle, to be decided at the state party convention this weekend, mirrors the larger national struggle between GOP establishment insiders and insurgents inspired by President Trump.

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