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Democrats target 7 congressional seats held by California Republicans for 2018 midterm elections

Rep. Darrell Issa, left, greets Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally on May 27 in San Diego. (John Gastaldo / San Diego Union-Tribune)
Rep. Darrell Issa, left, greets Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally on May 27 in San Diego. (John Gastaldo / San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released a list of top targets looking ahead to the 2018 elections, and California's Republican delegation is a big part of it.

Of the 61 Republicans Democrats are looking to unseat nationwide, seven are Californians:

All of these lawmakers represent districts carried by Hillary Clinton in the general election, with Valadao's district voting for Clinton over Trump by double-digit margins. Many of them seemed to win despite Trump in 2016 , out-polling him by at least several percentage points.

Issa and Denham won by the closest margins of the group, with Issa eking out a 51-49 win over Doug Applegate, who has already said he'll run again in 2018 . Denham overcame two-time challenger Michael Eggman by less than five percentage points.

Denham, Issa and Valadao were also among the top spenders in California on a per-vote basis in the November election, spending well above $30 per each vote they received.

In a memo, the Democratic committee noted Trump's low approval ratings and the fact that few presidents in history have seen their party gain seats in Congress during the first midterm elections.

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