Republican John Cox thinks high taxes, a high cost of living and a growing housing crisis give him an opening to take on Democrat Gavin Newsom in the fight to be California's next governor.
But he faces a tough slog convincing voters that they should cast their lot with a Republican in a state where the party's support has eroded and Democrats routinely win every statewide election.
President Donald Trump's tweeted endorsement helped Cox unify Republicans and get through Tuesday's primary. But it could weight him down as he reaches out to independent voters.
"The idea that somehow wrapping yourself in the cloak of Donald Trump is going to help you win in...