Poll: Republican Travis Allen Won California Gubernatorial Debate

The debate is likely the last one before the June fifth primary. “Travis Allen wins #CAGovDebate!!!” Allen posted to his Twitter and Facebook pages along with a public opinion poll from NBC News.

The first poll had him at 43% and a second one had him at 72%

 

 

The media largely reported the debate as five-against-one with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, the clear target as the race’s frontrunner.

“If you can’t trust Gavin with his best friend’s wife, how can you trust him with your state?” Allen reportedly asked, referring to an affair that came to light during Newsom’s time as Mayor of San Francisco.

Newsom responded that he had apologized for the relationship, saying, “I admitted it. I was wrong,” before suggesting that the attack was strange coming from a supporter of Donald Trump. “It’s hard, with respect, to hear from Mr. Allen, who is a devout supporter of Donald Trump, talk about the issue of sexual harassment,” Newsom said.

The event was moderated by NBC’s Chuck Todd and other issues covered included the gas tax and immigration.

Allen and John Cox were the sole Republicans on the Democrat-dominated debate. In addition to Newsom, the other Democrats included former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, State Treasurer John Chiang, and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin.

Allen said he would repeal Gov. Jerry Brown’s gas tax. “I am the original author of the repeal the gas tax,” he said, adding, “Jerry Brown lied to the California people in 2010 when he was elected on a simple promise of no new taxes without voter approval. He bribed four legislators a billion dollars of your tax money to pass the largest gas tax increase and car registration fee increase ever in California.”

Cox insisted, “I’m the chairman of the real gas tax repeal” and then went on to accuse Allen of stealing $300,000 of a contribution he received for his own campaign. Allen said, “I’d just like to respond to my angry opponent from Chicago. Let me be clear: I was the original author of the gas tax repeal.”

Allen and Cox stated they are against sanctuary cities and Newsom said he will fight and “push back against Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions and all of the others here who are trying to divide us through these games of political theater,” referring to Allen and Cox. Eastin also said she supports sanctuary cities and believes they are constitutional.

At one point, Cox said Trump’s border wall must be built because he does not “want to live next door to MS-13” gang members.

Newsom shot back saying, “This is the kind of rhetoric that has no place… we don’t tolerate diversity, we celebrate it.”

Villaraigosa noted that the “Dreamers didn’t come here on their own, They came here because their parents brought them here, and we’ve got to say that they have a right to have a legalized status.”

Todd concluded the debate by asking the candidates to weigh in on California’s top-two or “jungle” primary system which allows for the top two vote-getters to proceed to the General Election on November 7, regardless of political party.

“A Republican would be ideal in the general election,” Newsom reportedly said with a grin before looking over at Cox and Allen and adding, “Either one of these would do.”

“Be careful what you wish for, Gavin,” Cox shot back.

However, in his response to Todd, Allen said, “There’s only one Republican in the race anyway,” referring to Cox’s acknowledgment that he did not vote for Trump in 2016 and instead voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson; a decision he reportedly says he now regrets.

Adelle Nazarian is a politics and national security reporter for Breitbart News. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

This article was originally published by Breitbart.com/California

Five things to watch at the California Republican Party convention this weekend

With a month to go before the June primary, the California Republican Party gathers in San Diego today for its 2018 convention, to rally the faithful and endorse candidates. (California Democrats met in February at the same spot, where an ideological fracture was on display, despite — or perhaps because of — the party’s utter domination of state politics.) Here are some key issues to watch for at the GOP confab, which lasts until Sunday. The Capitol Alert Twitter account will have updates throughout the weekend.

  1. Gubernatorial endorsement: Thanks to a rule change, the California Republican Party could for the first time this year back a candidate in the governor’s race before the primary. Party officials were hoping to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing 2016 scenario when no GOP hopeful made the runoff for U.S. Senate; now, they are facing the prospect of a similar outcome, with even more dire consequences. The good news is that a recent poll showed the major Republican contenders, Assemblyman Travis Allen and businessman John Cox, surging into a tight battle for second place. That should only amp up the stakes as they battle for delegates’ support before the Sunday vote. Reaching the 60 percent threshold necessary for the endorsement will be tough, but it could provide a significant boost for either Allen, whose fundraising has been unable to keep pace with Cox’s deep pockets, or Cox, who has not been embraced by party activists with the same fervor as Allen.
  2. Rhetoric: With Democrats across the country fired up this year to take on President Donald Trump, California Republicans are looking to rile up their own voters and avoid a blue wave in the November midterm election. Efforts are underway to qualify an initiative that would overturn the gas tax increase passed last year by Sacramento Democrats, while city and county officials across the state have been fanning a growing backlash to the “sanctuary state” law that limits the ability of California law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement. What issues offer the most red meat for the delegates? …

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The California Republican Party Must Save America

CA GOPThe California Republican Party will meet this weekend for its annual convention in San Diego. On the surface, the party is not in good shape.

Democrats hold all statewide offices. Pundits have — until recently — predicted that the elections for governor and for U.S. Senate would have all-Democrat finals. Former Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner reportedly leads the race for his old job, yet this time he is not running as a Republican, but rather as an independent.

In addition, Democrats are targeting half of California’s 14 Republican-held congressional seats in the midterm elections. These are districts where Hillary Clinton won a majority of the vote in 2016. Some of the Republican incumbents decided to retire rather than face tough fights. And the Democrats have the momentum of the so-called “Resistance” behind them, boosted by big donors and buoyed by favorable coverage in the mainstream media.

But Republicans are also seeing a surge.

The “#metoo” movement has forced several Democratic state legislators to resign due to accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior, ending the party supermajority in the State Assembly.

Moreover, the 12-cent gas tax increase Democrats passed last year has led to a backlash. One Democrat State Senator who voted for it faces a recall election, and Republicans are putting a repeal referendum on the ballot.

Even more significantly, the growing revolt against the state’s “sanctuary” laws has energized conservatives over the past two months.

In March, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to the state as the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit challenging three of the state’s new laws defying federal immigration authorities. That inspired over a dozen local governments, including three counties, to declare their support for the lawsuit and defiance of the state.

As a result, individual Republican candidates are seeing a boost in their poll numbers.

Republican businessman John Cox and Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) are now in a close race with former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for second place in the race for governor, behind frontrunner Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Republican James Bradley is rising in the Senate race and has a chance of qualifying for the November ballot.

If any Republican can qualify for the general election in a statewide race — still a tough task, given that Villaraigosa has millions of dollars still to spend in the governor’s race, and billionaire Tom Steyer is backing State Sen. Kevin de Léon (D-Los Angeles) in the Senate race — that will boost Republican turnout in November.

That, in turn, will help the party minimize its losses. If the locals can hold enough seats, the national GOP may retain the U.S. House.

There are even a few pickup opportunities. One such is Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, a Hollywood actress running in the 36th congressional district (D+2) against Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA), a clone of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (who insists she will be Speaker of the House if Democrats win in November).

In other races, the sheer number of Democrats running in the June 5th primary could transform winnable seats into all-Republican finals.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who has done as much as anyone to bring the sanctuary state issue to the fore — including offering to pay the legal costs for the city of Fountain Valley to join the federal government’s lawsuit against the state — was once consideredone of the five most vulnerable incumbents in the House. But the veteran conservative, known for his iconoclastic views on relations with Russia and legal marijuana, is feeling confident.

One reason is that so many Democrats entered the race against Rohrabacher in the 48th congressional district that they risk splitting the vote between them. Even with a well-known fellow Republican, former Assemblyman Scott Baugh, entering the race, Rohrabacher is looking stronger than ever.

There is even a chance that Rohrabacher and Baugh shut Democrats out of the general election. Democrats are now pressuring each other to quit the race.

The task for California Republicans will be to put differences aside — especially the old Trump vs. Never Trump fight — and unite for the sake of the party and the nation. Democrats need 23 seats nationwide to flip the House, bringing Pelosi to power and certain impeachment for President Trump.

If California Republicans can hold the line, they can, arguably, save the nation. The state party may have seen better days, but never a more important election.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named to Forward’s 50 “most influential” Jews in 2017. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

This article was originally published by Breitbart.com/California

John Cox agrees Travis Allen is the Leader California Needs

Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, addresses the breakfast meeting of the Los Alamitos Chamber on Friday August 4, 2017. Allen will be running for governor and is leading an initiative drive to put a measure on the ballot repealing the road improvement/gas tax measure recently approved by the Legislature. He is speaking at Griffins Grill in Los Alamitos. (Photo by Karen Tapia, Contributing Photographer)

In the race for California Governor one thing has been clear, Travis Allen is the leader that John Cox follows. On every major issue, Travis Allen has lead the way and John Cox has reluctantly followed.

Trump:

On May 4th, 2016 Travis Allen wrote an op-ed in the Orange County Register calling on Republicans to unify behind Donald Trump.

For months, John Cox refused to say who he was going to vote for. After the election, he finally admitted that he opposed Donald Trump and voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson. Finally, in January of 2018, a year and half after Travis Allen urged Republicans to support Donald Trump, John Cox finally came around to supporting Donald Trump.

Border Wall:

Far before he was running for Governor, Allen has been clear in his support for securing the border and building a border wall. Including in his OC Register op-ed urging Republicans to support Donald Trump.

On the other hand, when speaking with Univision on January 13, 2017, John Cox opposed building a border wall. Just 17 days later, he once again decided to follow Travis Allen’s position and tweeted out that he supports the border wall.

Gas Tax:

On May 4, 2017, Travis Allen introduced the first statewide measure to repeal the gas tax. He signed up thousands of volunteers and traveled the state building the movement to repeal the gas tax.

Six months later, on October 18, 2017, John Cox made a donation to help gather signatures to repeal the gas tax and called himself a leader on the issue.

Sanctuary State:

On January 2, 2018, Travis Allen was the first to call on Jeff Sessions and the US Department of Justice to sue California, and stop the unconstitutional sanctuary state law.

A day later, John Cox announces that he too is going to go on Fox News to oppose Sanctuary State.

Reject SB 54:

On March 22, 2018 Travis Allen started a statewide opt-out movement calling on cities and counties to reject the Sanctuary State law.

Two weeks later, on April 3, 2018 John Cox holds a press conference calling cities and counties to reject SB 54.

In June, we know what we will get with Travis Allen, a leader that is not afraid to take a stand on the major issues facing California. With John Cox, we will get a follower and who knows who he will be following.

Travis Allen launches statewide effort against Sanctuary State policy

Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, addresses the breakfast meeting of the Los Alamitos Chamber on Friday August 4, 2017. Allen will be running for governor and is leading an initiative drive to put a measure on the ballot repealing the road improvement/gas tax measure recently approved by the Legislature. He is speaking at Griffins Grill in Los Alamitos. (Photo by Karen Tapia, Contributing Photographer)

State Assemblyman Travis Allen launched  a statewide campaign to encourage other cities to follow Los Alamitos’ decision to uphold Federal Immigration Law and locally fight the illegal Sanctuary State.

“Los Alamitos’ rejection of the Sanctuary State is a major victory for their citizens and the safety of their community,” said Travis Allen. “Our government’s primary purpose is protecting our citizens and I encourage every city in California to also opt out of the illegal Sanctuary State. Under the unconstitutional, dangerous, and illegal Sanctuary State law,  the California Democrat Party has put criminals before citizens and endangered all Californians. Now is the time for every city across California to stand up and reject this unconstitutional law and follow Los Alamitos’ leadership for the safety of their residents.”

Members of the Los Alamitos Council, which Allen represents in the State Assembly, voted Monday to opt out of Jerry Brown’s state law that limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration agents. Travis Allen’s statewide effort follows after Allen called on the US Attorney General to sue California over Jerry Brown’s illegal Sanctuary State in the beginning of the year. Allen then called on the US Department of Justice to arrest and prosecute Xavier Becerra for obstruction of justice when Becerra threatened California business owners with prosecution if they cooperated with Federal immigration authorities. Allen is now calling on Federal authorities to prosecute Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for aiding and abetting criminals when she recently tipped off over 800 illegal criminals which led to over 600 criminals evading arrest, and further as an accessory to a crime after 3 of those criminals have recently reoffended in California. …

“Kate Steinle’s tragic murder in 2015 was a direct result of San Francisco’s Sanctuary City policy,” continued Allen. “Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, and the Bay Area liberal elites that control California’s government have now put every Californian in the same danger by sheltering illegal immigrants who are committing crimes in our communities. It’s about time that our local officials step up and follow Federal immigration law on behalf of their residents.”

Last year, Assemblyman Allen introduced AB 1252 which would have defunded Sanctuary Cities. This year he introduced AB 2948 which would reverse California’s dangerous and illegal Sanctuary State law.

As California’s next Governor, Travis Allen has vowed to call a special election to reverse the Sanctuary State in his first 100 days in office.

Allen is encouraging every Californian to sign the petition to tell their local city council to opt out of the illegal Sanctuary State. A link to the petition can be found here.

This article was released by Travis Allen for Governor.

Desperate John Cox Attacks Travis Allen for Supporting a Tax Cut

John CoxAfter spending millions of dollars only to see his poll numbers drop, John Cox is getting desperate.

Today he sent out his most deceptive email yet.

First, he attacked our campaign for an email that was sent out by our volunteers which had a grammatical error in it. As a result, it incorrectly touted support from some groups that have supported Travis in the past, but are not yet supporting him for governor. However, the email clearly states that it was sent out by volunteers to volunteers.

We understand failing campaigns grasping at straws to attack their opponents, but going after volunteers is a new low in politics.

Our campaign has signed up nearly 40,000 volunteers that are working hard to elect the only conservative candidate and Take Back California. We are proud of them and are thankful for the many hours of hard work they are putting in to Reclaim Our State.

If attacking our volunteers wasn’t low enough, he decided to use a deceptively edited video to continue to spread misinformation about Travis’ record and attacked Travis for voting for a tax cut.

Travis is pro life and has consistently affirmed that all life has value. In 2017, Planned Parenthood gave Travis 0% on their scorecard.

In 2016, Travis did not get a 0% on their scorecard because he voted to support two bills that did not have anything to do with the life issue but, among many groups, also happened to be supported by Planned Parenthood.

John Cox knowingly took video of Travis speaking about his 2017 scorecard and edited it to make it seem like Travis was being dishonest about his 2016 score.

Not only was this deceptive, but an attack on Travis for voting on a tax cut.

As we all know, there isn’t a tax cut that Travis Allen does not like.

In 2016, a bill that removed the sales tax on tampons came up in the Legislature, which was supported by a large number of groups, many Republicans, and even planned parenthood. Was this bill gimmicky? For certain.

However, it was still a tax cut and Travis has vowed to lower taxes at any chance he gets. He certainly wasn’t going to vote to oppose a tax cut despite of how small and limited it may have been.

Republicans should support tax cuts and we should work together to elect the only conservative candidate running for governor: Travis Allen.

More Fake News From John Cox

You may have recently received an email from failed politician, “Low Energy” John Cox attacking Travis Allen’s fundraising numbers.

Not surprisingly, John Cox is using the liberal LA Times to spread lies and misinformation about the only conservative candidate in the race.

Here are the Facts:

John Cox is desperate to not fail at being a politician again. He has run for office four times, including for President (not joking), and has failed miserably every time.

The Cox campaign has already spent $1.6 million dollars in this race, over half the money he has put in, only to see his polling numbers go down. In the latest Governor poll, from SurveyUSA,  John Cox polls at 4%, less than half of Travis Allen’s numbers.

John cox graph

The polls shows that Travis Allen is clearly the only candidate that has the support to make the runoff and prevent an all Democrat November election.

What are the real fundraising numbers?

Between July 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017, Travis Allen raised $368,826.85 from 3096 individual donors.  Compared to John Cox, the Allen campaign raised 21% more and had 230 more donors in the period.

Travis Allen’s campaign for Governor has now received donations from more donors than any Republican candidate for Governor.  Additionally, just in the month of January, the Allen campaign has already received the support of over 2,300 new donors.

John Cox is trying to mischaracterize what Travis’s campaign reports clearly show. In fact, there is NO accrued debt. What the campaign reports do show is the prepayment for 13 MILLION PIECES OF MAIL. That’s smart campaigning. This is why the John Cox campaign has been pestering our slate vendors to try buy his way onto some of our slates.

The bottom line is that the Travis Allen Campaign is the most efficiently run campaign of any candidate for Governor, with more traction and support from real Californians than any other Republican in the race, and Travis Allen is the ONLY viable candidate that can BEAT Gavin Newsom and the California Democrats to become the next Governor of California.

Travis Allen Trounces His Republican Opponents In Fundraising

Republican Travis Allen announced that between July 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017, his campaign for Governor of California raised $368,826.85 from 3,096 individual contributors. Compared to his nearest Republican opponent, John Cox, the Allen campaign raised 21% more and had 230 more donors in the period.

Travis Allen’s campaign for Governor has now received donations from more supporters than any Republican candidate for Governor.

These numbers continue the good news for the Allen campaign. The most recent SurveyUSA poll showed Allen beating the next two Republican candidates combined.

Additionally, in the month of January, the Allen campaign has already received the support of approximately 2,000 new contributors.

Republican Frontrunner Travis Allen Calls on John Cox to Drop Out of Governor’s Race After Racist Remarks

The Travis Allen for Governor 2018 released this update on January 13:

Today marked the first major debate in the race for California’s next Governor. While discussing the topic of immigration, three time failed Republican candidate John Cox stated immigrants are needed to “pick the fruits and vegetables.”

“California Republicans don’t need a condescending, racist sounding candidate that will only hurt EVERY down ticket Republican candidate on the ballot in 2018. John Cox is an embarrassment to every Californian and must drop out of the Governor’s race so Republicans can unite behind the only candidate who can win and truly take back our state,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen.

 

Breaking Poll: Travis Allen Only Republican Candidate That Can Make Run Off

A new SurveyUSA poll released Thursday confirms that Travis Allen is the clear Republican frontrunner in the race for California Governor. Travis Allen’s support stands at 9%, more than doubles the support of his nearest Republican rival John Cox, who has dropped to 4%. The support for Travis Allen is more than the combined support for his two Republican opponents, John Cox and Doug Ose, who stand at 4% and 2%.

In even more good news for Travis Allen, he is essentially tied with Villaraigosa, who has 10%, to make the run of against Gavin Newsom.

“This poll shows our message of Taking Back California and Restoring the California Dream is resonating with voters,” said Assemblyman Allen. “The voters know that only an authentic conservative will be able to beat the elites and special interests and make California once again the greatest state in the nation,” finished Allen.