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Rising confidence in California's economy is a challenge for GOP presidential candidates

Rising confidence in California's economy is a challenge for GOP presidential candidates

The Republican candidates for president have campaigned all over the country lamenting the rough recovery from the recession and condemning President Obama — and by extension Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton — as failures when it comes to jobs and the nation's well-being.

Then they come to California, where the state's unemployment rate is 5.4%, more than eight percentage points below what it was when Democrat Jerry Brown took over from a Republican governor less than six years ago.

At the weekend state Republican convention, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tied himself in rhetorical knots when he tailored his pitch to California.

"Y'all are a hardy...

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