One-party rule? California Democrats look to expand power

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Is California becoming a state governed by one political party?

Tuesday’s primary election will set the stage for November races of governor, Congress and the Legislature. But it will also test whether the state’s vanishing Republicans have enough remaining influence to avoid another shutout at the statewide polls.

Democrats already hold every statewide office, and both chambers of the Legislature.

State officials announced last week that independent voters — those registered to no party — now outnumber Republicans, with Democrats far ahead.

The key marker will be the race for governor, in which Republican John Cox is trying to qualify for a two-person runoff this fall.

The GOP is also defending a string of U.S. House districts that were carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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