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GOP endorsement fight next test for California recall rivals

John Cox, Kevin Faulconer, Kevin Kiley, Doug Ose
Posted at 3:27 PM, Aug 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-05 18:27:32-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The next test for Republican candidates who hope to oust Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a September recall election comes this weekend with a fight over a coveted endorsement by the California Republican Party.

The competition for the party’s prized stamp already has set off infighting within the GOP.

There is no clear favorite among candidates who qualified to compete for the nod — conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, state legislator Kevin Kiley and former congressman Doug Ose.

The endorsement fight comes just days after a kickoff GOP debate did little to reorder the field.