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Arnold Schwarzenegger sailed to re-election in 2006. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

The California Republican Party might not have candidates on the ballot for this November's Senate and gubernatorial elections, reports The New York Times' Adam Nagourney.

Why it matters: The Republican Party's presence has sharply declined in the state that produced Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and — just 12 years ago — re-elected Arnold Schwarzenegger by a wide margin.

What's happening: "Under the California election system, candidates compete in an open, nonpartisan primary on June 5. The two candidates who get the most votes — regardless of party — advance to the November general election," Nagourney writes. Republican candidates might not make the cut.

What they're doing, per the Times:

  • "A group of Republicans led by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Republican governor, and Chad Mayes, the former Republican Assembly leader, have launched a campaign to move the party to the center, arguing that would make it more competitive by increasing its appeal to independent voters and disaffected Democrats."
  • "But that effort has run-up against Republican candidates and elected officials who have tied their success to Mr. Trump and his administration’s policies."

Go deeper: The bad blood between Trump and California.

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.