House Majority Leader Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California has vowed to back presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump at the GOP's convention in Cleveland, adding to the billionaire candidate's long list of supporters from California.
The decision is a major win for Trump, whom many Republican leaders have shown great reluctance, and in some cases outright refusal, to support.
House Speaker Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is one of the major GOP figures who have shown reluctance, having told CNN he was “just not ready” to back Trump.
But major Republicans from California have been more receptive to Trump. In addition to McCarthy, Trump has picked up endorsements from Republican Reps. Darrel Issa and Duncan Hunter of California, Harmeet K. Dhillon, the vice chair of the California Republican Party, and billionaire Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal and a former backer of Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, reported the Los Angeles Times.
The Thiel endorsement is significant because the libertarian-leaning businessman has deep pockets and is not shy about backing politicians he likes, which has included former Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul, Carly Fiorina and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Thiel's backing comes the day after Trump announced he would begin accepting donations for his general election campaign after largely self-funding his primary battle.
The slew of prominent California Republicans getting behind Trump will help him secure the needed 1,237 delegates during the Cleveland convention and avoid any sort of rebellion on behalf of the anti-Trump establishment.
Other California Republicans backing Trump include David Horowitz, a conservative activist, and Richard Grenell, a former spokesman for past U.S. ambassadors to the United States, according to Politico.