The past year has shaken the California Democratic Party, the state’s dominant political organization that has run the table on statewide races for more than 15 years.

It lost three congressional seats in last November’s election that Democrats had seized from Republicans just two years earlier. Voters rejected a half-dozen statewide 2020 ballot measures the party had endorsed, including sweeping changes to property taxes and criminal justice.

And most troubling: Its standard-bearer, Gov. Gavin Newsom, will almost surely face a historic recall election where voters could remove him from office.

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