GOP race shifts California's political fault lines

FILE - In this June 15, 2011 file photo, then-California State Sen. Tony Strickland speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. With the prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in the Golden State has scrambled the party's political fault lines in advance of its pivotal June primary, forging unexpected alliances that blur those longstanding divisions. Trump has snapped up support from California stalwarts like Strickland, Ted Costa and former congressman Doug Ose. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — The Republican Party in California has been riven for decades between those who want to tack to the ideological center to expand its diminishing appeal and those who want it to enforce conservative purity. But the prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in the Golden State has scrambled the party’s political fault lines in advance of its pivotal June primary, forging unexpected alliances that blur those longstanding divisions.

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