State Sen. Roy Ashburn, R-Bakersfield, foreground, shrugs his shoulders as he leaves a conversation with state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, left, Jeff Denham, R-Merced, behind Ashburn, Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, and Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Temecula, right, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 16, 2008
As many as four races are on the target list for 2010 — the seats currently held by Republican Jeff Denham, and the ones being vacated by Democrats Dean Florez, Denise Ducheny. Republicans will also target Orange County Democrat Lou Correa.
The job of raising money and focusing caucus attention on those races will fall largely to the new Assistant Majority Leader, Tony Strickland, who ran against Hollingsworth in the race to replace Cogdill.
Strickland has his job cut out for him. But, watch Strickland’s integration of new media strategies, demographics and technology to bring these four seats into viable GOP contests.
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