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The California Republican Party convention's general session just approved an endorsement plan passed late last night by the party's rules committee that would send out ballots to all registered Republicans in the state asking their preferences on candidates.

The plan is a reaction to voter-approved Proposition 14, which created a top-two runoff system regardless of party. Both major parties have scorned the proposition, saying it prevents party members from voicing their preferences on candidates.

The plan would establish an official party candidate, as determined by Republicans in the party-organized ballot.

The new endorsement plan will take effect in 2014 and was the subject of heated debate during this weekend's convention in Sacramento. The state has about 5.3 million registered Republicans.


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