California GOP Changes Delegate Rules, Sparks Tension On Whether Helps-Hurts Trump

Former President Donald J. Trump watches the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Saturday, March 18, 2023, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
  • The California Republican Party on Saturday changed its rules for allocating delegates in the state’s presidential primary – a move backed by former President Trump’s campaign and that could discourage other GOP candidates from campaigning in the state and make the state less competitive in next year’s nominating contest.
  • Some pro-Trump demonstrators denounce the plan after it was approved in Irvine by the California GOP’s executive committee.
  • Police were called to the scene as the two factions reportedly came close to blows. 
  • Though the demonstrators think the  state party leadership is trying to undermine the former president, the committee’s decision appears to reflect an effort by the Trump campaign to shape state party rules across the country in it favor.