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California Republicans Worry About Healthcare Reform


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In liberal states like California, GOP candidates are caught between a rock and a hard place. To win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, three candidates must tack right to appeal to primary voters, who are more partisan than the general election population. That means full-throated opposition about health insurance reform. Carly Fiorina, Chuck DeVore, and and Tom Campbell all want what they consider to be unconstitutional legislation to be repealed.

While that isn’t hard in most states, polls continue to show that a majority of California residents approve of the law. Conservative registered Republicans are an exception in the state. After winning the nomination, they will have to convince those general election voters to vote for them instead of Democrat Barbara Boxer.

Either way, they’ll be accused of hypocrisy. President Obama still has relatively high approval ratings in the state, so the candidate will probably have to tone down their bashing of his affordable health insurance plan to get elected. Doing so will alienate the Tea Party contingent, but they may hold their nose and vote for the lesser of two evils.

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