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Registered independents outnumber Republicans in California by around 73,000, The Sacramento Bee reports.

The big picture: A Republican hasn't been elected to statewide office in California for more than a decade, so their sagging registration numbers could present a missed opportunity as California Democrats find themselves in the midst of an identity crisis ahead of this fall's midterm elections. But the Bee notes an interesting fact: "Republicans maintain an outsized influence because they vote more consistently than Democrats or independents."

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Mitt Romney says he'll support moving forward with Supreme Court pick

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Mitt Romney announced Tuesday that he would support moving forward with a Senate vote on President Trump's selection to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Why it matters: Barring any big surprises, Democrats have virtually no shot at stopping the confirmation process for the president’s nominee before November’s election.

Trump says he will announce Supreme Court pick on Saturday

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President Trump tweeted Tuesday that he plans to announce his Supreme Court pick on Saturday.

Why it matters: Republicans are moving fast to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which would tilt the balance of the high court in conservatives' favor and have lasting impact on climate policy, immigration and the Affordable Care Act. Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who met with the president this week, is a frontrunner for the job.

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