California’s recall ballot is finally set, but the Republican Party still is determining its best strategy for winning the governor’s office in one of the nation’s most Democratic states.
With less than a month until ballots start arriving in voters’ mailboxes for the Sept. 14 election, the GOP has no clear favorite and must decide whether to unite behind one candidate in the bid to replace Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Mr. Newsom has a giant fundraising edge and Democrats hold a nearly 2-to-1 registration edge over Republicans, who last won statewide office 15 years ago. If a GOP candidate gets the endorsement the party would funnel resources to that campaign. But such a move carries the risk of alienating supporters of the other Republican hopefuls and depressing turnout.
The California Republican Party’s…