It’s a historic primary election in California, and local members of the Republican grassroots are out there ready to press for their candidates. With an election early enough to matter in the national race, many say this time the game on the ground is in whole new territory.
There’s a very different tenor to the campaign in California this year, said Orange County GOP chairman Scott Baugh, the former Huntington Beach Assemblyman who along with his successor in the district, Assemblyman Jim Silva, is heavily involved in the local campaign for Mitt Romney.
“Activity absolutely is higher,” Baugh said. “What’s not different is California’s always been an ATM machine for most of the candidates. This year money’s being raised here again, but it’s also being spent here as well.”