Keys To The House

California Congressional seats that were solidly Republican are suddenly up for grabs. Capital Public Radio's Keys to the House follows the battleground races and themes that could determine which party controls the House of Representatives.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Republican Congressman Jeff Denham Pushes For DACA Solution As He Faces Tough Re-Election

Central Valley Republican Rep. Jeff Denham is bucking his party and pushing for an immigration solution for Dreamers. CapRadio’s Ben Bradford talks with KQED's Katie Orr and McClatchy's Alex Roarty about what this means for his re-election campaign.

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In this July 23, 2013 file photo is Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security hearing.

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Republican Congressman Jeff Denham has become increasingly vulnerable in recent election cycles, as his district has grown more Democratic. But he’s been able to win over his constituents, even as they’ve voted for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Facing possibly his toughest challenge yet, Denham has been pushing Congress to pass immigration legislation that would include a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and billions of dollars in funding for the border wall. One bill that Denham was supporting was voted down this week, but he is continuing to call for a bipartisan immigration solution.

Denham has been able to walk a fine line and win over moderate voters in previous election cycles, but will his stance on immigration help or hurt him this time around?

Keys To The House host Ben Bradford discusses Denham’s race with McClatchy’s national political correspondent Alex Roarty and KQED’s state politics reporter Katie Orr.


Katie Orr
Politics Reporter

Alex Roarty
National Political Correspondent


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