The California Republican Party on Sunday declined to offer an endorsement in the governor’s race, potentially creating an obstacle for GOP voters to coalesce behind a candidate before the June 5 primary election.
Businessman John Cox received 55.3% of the vote, short of the 60% required for the party nod. Assemblyman Travis Allen received 40.5%, while 4.1% voted for no endorsement at the party’s convention in San Diego.
With Republicans split between the two candidates, the GOP faces the prospect of failing to advance a candidate to the general election. In addition to not having a candidate at the top of the ticket, this could also dampen voter turnout in critical congressional races that are key to the party holding onto control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
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