Last Thursday, Donald Trump kicked off his campaign for California's June 7 GOP primary with a speech in Costa Mesa. At that same time, most of the Republican Party of Orange County's influencers were in Sacramento to help out their candidate, Ted Cruz. Former state GOP chair and longtime OC power broker Mike Schroeder is co-chairing Cruz's California campaign, and has already lassoed in donations and endorsements for the Texas senator. But Trump has an ace up his card: OC's GOP voters, many disaffected with party leadership and looking for someone new. Given Orange County has long influenced conservative politics nationwide, will it do the same this year?
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