Election 2018: Travis Allen Wins First GOP Debate, Straw Poll
Travis Allen Wins Straw Poll in First GOP Debate Beating John Cox 80.6% to 17.1%
Los Angeles Times
January 5, 2018
The top two Republicans running for governor met for their first debate Thursday, clashing over their records, who was the true conservative and which one of them could bring change to Sacramento.
Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) and businessman John Cox sparred for more than two hours, with the sharpest and most frequent barbs traded over their support — or lack of it — for President Trump.
Allen repeatedly blasted Cox for voting for libertarian Gary Johnson over Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
“If you didn’t vote for the Republican nominee for president in 2016, you supported Hillary Clinton,” Allen said. “If you’re not voting for Trump, you’re voting for crooked Hillary. If you chose to sit out, you supported eight more years of Barack Obama.”