Associated Press
File - In this July 24, 2003 file photo, then State Sen. Minority Leader Jim Brutle, right, speaks next to then Senate President Pro tem John Burton, D-San Francisco, left, during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif. As Republicans nationwide reconsider the party's direction, nowhere is their challenge more daunting than in California. In an attempt to restore their party to relevance, Republican delegates are expected to elect as their new chairman this weekend a former state lawmaker who is widely seen as a pragmatist and a political moderate. But it's far from clear whether the former state senator, Jim Brulte, or anyone else can turn around the party's political fortunes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

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