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Gingrich lauded at California Republican Convention

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Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. David McNew/Getty Images

This past weekend, members of California's Republican party met in the Bay Area for their bi-annual California Republican Convention. The only major presidential candidate in attendance was Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich was received warmly by the party, which aimed to rebuild enthusiasm and unity over the weekend. Republicans lost every statewide office election in 2010, and they're at risk of losing even more seats this year in Sacramento and among California's congressional delegation. It's a huge reversal of fortune for a party that just a generation ago dominated state politics.

Carla Marinucci, veteran political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, joins the show to discuss this weekend's convention.


Carla Marinucci is a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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