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Democrats add 3 more Calif. congressional hopefuls to help list

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Commitee has included three California candidates as additions to its Red to Blue program.

The three are among 13 candidates across the nation singled out for the program, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), DCCC chairman, said in announcing the additions Wednesday.

The California candidates are state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, who is running against Republican state Sen. Tony Strickland for a Ventura County seat; state Sen. Alan Lowenthal, vying with Long Beach City Councilman Gary DeLong in a district that includes Long Beach and part of Orange County, and former San Diego City Councilman Scott Peters, challenging Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Carlsbad).

About a dozen congressional seats in California are expected to be in play as the two major parties battle for control of the House in the Nov. 6 election.

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The Red to Blue program helps promising candidates in Republican-held areas with fundraising, strategy and campaign organization.

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