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Democrats' congressional at-risk list includes 5 Californians

March 05, 2013|By Anthony York

SACRAMENTO -- Though California is dominated by Democrats, the state is poised to once again be a key battleground in determining which party controls the House of Representatives in 2014.

Democrats picked up four seats in the state in 2012, buoyed by newly drawn districts and President Obama's landslide in the state.

However, Republicans are hoping to win back some of those seats in 2014, taking advantage of typically smaller and more conservative voter turnout in a non-presidential year.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday released a list of 26 potentially vulnerable incumbents nationwide. The list includes five California Democrats.

Of those five, four of them are first-term members of Congress -- Reps. Ami Bera of Sacramento, Scott Peters of San Diego, Julia Brownley of Oxnard and Raul Ruiz of Riverside.

The fifth is Santa Barbara's Lois Capps, who defeated Republican Abel Maldonado in a hotly contested election last year.

Currently, 38 of the state's 53 members of Congress are Democrats.

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