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OC Register: Carl DeMaio opines on building a "new" Republican Party in California

If you do not learn from your mistakes, you are destined to repeat them.

In the wake of last week's staggering electoral losses, the California Republican Party must admit it did not merely have a bad election cycle, but it faces a major crisis years in the making – and more severe than the one confronting the national Republican Party.

Fortunately, with every crisis comes opportunity.

Indeed, there is a huge opportunity to evolve into a "New" California Republican Party that can offer hope not only to our troubled state, but to the nation as well.

Last week I lost the San Diego mayor's race, 49 percent to 51 percent. In a Democratic city where Republicans are actually a "third" party behind Independents, we outperformed Republican Party registration by 21 percent. It still was not enough.

My race offers some insight on the kind of crisis the current California Republican Party faces, and our relative progress against the tide against us offers some lessons on what we need to do more of in the next election.

To read the full Op-Ed, click HERE.

As a matter of full disclosure, SDGLN Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with Carl DeMaio. Their relationship in no way impacts the editorial decisions made by Ken Williams, SDGLN Editor in Chief, and does not influence our political coverage. Williams can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter or at 888-442-9639, x713.