Since the Republicans won back power last year, party members from the state have taken the third-highest leadership post and chair four powerful committees. But that increased power hasn't yet helped develop candidates capable of winning statewide races.
California Republicans don't have a lot of reasons for optimism — they lost every statewide race in November, their share of the state's voters is plummeting and proposed new districts could give Democrats a supermajority in the Legislature and more seats in Congress in 2012.
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