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California Republicans, who have long struggled to feel fully represented in the majority-blue state and have failed for the past 12 years to win a statewide election, are now at risk of being outnumbered by Independents.

The key data points: California Republicans are now only two-tenths of a percentage point greater than unaffiliated voters, the LA Times' John Myers writes. And as of April 6, only only 28,649 more voters align with the GOP than they do the Independent party, according to the state's official voter registration report.

  • Among the youngest of voters (18 and 24), only 13% identify as Republican.
The Republican Party has changed, and it's unattractive to a lot of voters in California.
— Rob Stutzman, a longtime GOP strategist, tells Myers

Why it matters: The GOP in California, which produced presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, is on a steady decline in the country's most populated state.

What's next: Candidates will compete in an open primary on June 5. And the two candidates who get the most votes — regardless of their party — will compete ahead of the November general election.

The big picture: Keeping the seats Republicans already have is "the more immediate problem," writes Myers. "Republicans ... hold just 14 of California's 53 seats in the House of Representatives, and several of those seats are in danger of flipping to Democrats this fall."

Go deeper: The bad blood between Trump and California; California Democrats show the party's competing shades of blue

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Biden's Day 1 challenges: The immigration reset

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President-elect Biden has an aggressive Day One immigration agenda that relies heavily on executive actions to undo President Trump's crackdown.

Why it matters: It's not that easy. Trump issued more than 400 executive actions on immigration. Advocates are fired up. The Supreme Court could threaten the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and experts warn there could be another surge at the border.

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Broncos and 49ers the latest NFL teams impacted by coronavirus crisis

From left, Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel during an August training session at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the NFL season into chaos, with all Denver Broncos quarterbacks sidelined, the San Francisco 49ers left without a home or practice ground and much of the Baltimore Ravens team unavailable, per AP.

Driving the news: The Broncos confirmed in a statement Saturday night that quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were identified as "high-risk COVID-19 close contacts" and will follow the NFL's mandatory five-day quarantine, making them ineligible for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.