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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the California Republican Party 2016 Convention in Burlingame, Calif., Saturday, April 30, 2016.

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Kern County marketing firm owner T.J. Esposito brings a unique personal story to his candidacy for Bakersfield mayor.

In his youth, Esposito was a self-described cocaine and methamphetamine addict, was homeless for a time, and was convicted of several crimes, including burglary, assault and domestic violence. Since then Esposito says he has turned his life around, with a successful business and a family.

California Republicans aren't used to being wooed by presidential candidates for anything other than money. But this weekend's state GOP convention in Burlingame, just south of San Francisco, drew all three active candidates, as well as hundreds of protesters, police in riot gear and throngs of national media.  

Democrats cast ballots on Sunday to choose delegates for Hillary Clinton.
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Democrats cast ballots on Sunday to choose delegates for Hillary Clinton.

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At caucuses throughout the state on Sunday, California Democrats elected many of the delegates who will travel to the party’s national convention and officially choose a presidential candidate.

In Sacramento, the line stretched out the door at a local community center. More than 500 registered Democrats showed up to select six delegates and one alternate. The candidates handed out flyers and lobbied for votes.

Carly Fiorina returned to California on Saturday night, making a quick appearance at the state Republican Party convention in Burlingame to support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has named her his vice presidential nominee.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and California Senate candidate took aim at the state’s environmental policies and Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Targeting Republican voters in the Central Valley, both Cruz and Fiorina called out the delta smelt in their speeches, using the tiny fish as a symbol of environmentalists prioritizing fish over jobs.

Pete Wilson Embraces Ted Cruz at GOP Convention

Apr 30, 2016

Declaring that “never has a California election been so crucial to the future of our nation,” former governor Pete Wilson Saturday threw his full support behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at the state GOP convention in Burlingame.

Wilson, whose promotion of the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 in 1994 is widely blamed for starting the party’s demise in California, said the Cuban-American Cruz was “obviously not anti-immigrant or anti-Latino.”

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Update 9:10 p.m. Fiorina Returns To California, Urges Support For Cruz

Carly Fiorina was scheduled to speak at this weekend's California Republican Party convention well before Ted Cruz picked her to be his running mate. But for Cruz, the timing couldn't have been better.

A big reason Cruz chose Fiorina is his hope that she can help him win delegates in California's June 7 primary.

For California Republicans, It's Showtime

Apr 29, 2016
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Protests get violent in Costa Mesa as Trump rally draws to a close

Apr 28, 2016
Protestors, Trump supporters and police gather outside a rally for Donald Trump at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa on Thursday night, April 28, 2016.
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Protestors, Trump supporters and police gather outside a rally for Donald Trump at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa on Thursday night, April 28, 2016. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Hundreds of protesters closed streets and clashed with police around the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa Thursday night following Donald Trump's first campaign rally in Southern California.

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