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Trump backers hope to broaden support in California

by Take Two

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A supporter smiles upon meeting Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump following a campaign rally on June 2, 2016 in San Jose, California. Supporters in Southern California are hoping to build on the momentum from Trump's electoral win in November. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

In L.A. County, President-elect Donald Trump garnered support from fewer than one in four voters, but his backers are hoping that his presidency will broaden appeal for the GOP in California.

"Everybody started wondering, what do we do after the election?" said Mike Simpfrenderfer, a Trump supporter and secretary of the newly-formed group, Make California Great Again. "We wanted to figure out how do we help Donald Trump be successful."

The group launched as a non-profit last Saturday in Long Beach. The goal, said Simpfrenderfer, is to make the issues count at the local level, whether they are health care or immigration.

"At our level, where we work, where we live, where we go to church, friends, family, how do we help with the debate of the issues," said Simpfrenderfer.

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