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Voter Anger Over Gas-Tax Hike In California Fueled Cox’s Rise

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State GOP plans to double down on the gas tax repeal to boost GOP turn-out in November

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BY:  /  the Washington Free Beacon.

Simmering anger over California Democrats’ passage of a $52 billion gas tax and soaring prices at the pump were the driving force that propelled GOP businessman John Cox to a surprisingly solid second-place finish in the gubernatorial contest Tuesday night, according to several Republican strategists.

Energized by their overwhelming victory in removing a state senator from office as punishment for his vote to hike gas taxes, Republican organizers of the recall push and a parallel effort to repeal the gas tax this fall are planning to double-down on the strategy in the general election.

Voters recalled state Sen. Josh Newman by a wide margin Tuesday.

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