California Republicans Seek Momentum From Burlingame Convention

BURLINGAME (CBS SF) – Republican delegates wrapped up their state convention in Burlingame over the weekend by approving a conservative party platform – one which the GOP hopes will broaden its appeal in the face of declining voter-registration numbers in California.

Specifically, the California Republican Party reaffirmed a platform that opposes same-sex marriage and illegal immigration. It also includes a declaration of support for two-parent families and the idea that life begins at conception.

The question remains, however – will it appeal to the masses?

“Well, you have to realize that the ones at the convention are not representative of even the Republicans in the state, who are not representative of the California mainstream,” reasoned San Jose State University political science professor and KCBS political analyst Larry Gerston. “The Republicans have to find a way to tap into the minorities in this state, which have now become, of course, the majority.”

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

Statewide, Republican voter registration now stands at just about 30% – down three points from 2008.

“The Democrats now outnumber the Republicans by a 14-point spread,” Gerston pointed out. “That’s growing.”

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