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California congressional races heat up as parties look ahead to 2016
California congressional races heat up as parties look ahead to 2016

Both major political parties and groups of their deep-pocketed supporters are playing big in the handful of fiercely fought congressional races in California this year. With Republicans widely expected to keep — even add to — their House majority in November, the interest from national groups appears to be all about future elections. The parties are positioning themselves for 2016, when the nation will next elect a president and when the political climate could be very different, and even beyond to 2018, experts said. "Republicans want a cushion against the risk of future losses," said John J. "Jack" Pitney Jr., a Claremont McKenna College political...

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