Some California Republicans say privately President Bush has little if any chance of capturing the state´s prize of 55 electoral votes.
And recent history indicates John Kerry should keep California in the Democratic column.
Nevertheless, some Republicans see a wealth of opportunities on the horizon, due in large part to shifting population growth and the broad popularity of their current governor — Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Now organizers of the Republican National Convention and Schwarzenegger aides are trying to reach an agreement on how to showcase him in New York in late August.
The Schwarzenegger camp is pressing for a prominent role.