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GOP lawmakers appear to be lining up behind Tom Del Beccaro's bid to succeed Ron Nehring as chairman of the California Republican Party.

Del Beccaro, the current vice chairman, announced today that he has been endorsed by GOP Senate leader Bob Dutton.

Dutton applauded Del Beccaro's "proven record of bringing together grassroots activists, donors and legislators in order to more effectively communicate our Republican ideas" in a statement released by the campaign.

Assembly GOP leader Connie Conway is chairing Del Beccaro's campaign to replace Nehring, whose term ends in March. Nehring has announced his candidacy for treasurer of the Republican National Committee.

Del Beccaro said he also has the endorsement of incumbent or termed-out GOP legislators Joel Anderson, Tom Berryhill, Bill Emmerson, Jean Fuller, Tom Harman, Bob Huff, George Runner, Tony Strickland, Mimi Walters and Ted Gaines, as well as Board of Directors of the California Federation of Republican Women Board of the California Republican Assembly.

Former GOP state legislator Guy Houston has previously announced that he would also run for the party chair post. The election will be held in March at the state GOP's spring convention.


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