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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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

'Statistically Impossible'?

On election night, few saw this result coming: Democrats managed to flip all seven California House seats they were targeting. In our final episode of Keys To The House, we discuss how this happened and what it means for the state’s two major parties

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In this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, Rep. Jeff Denham talks with Blue Star Mothers Lori Prins, left, and Stacy Fournet, right, during his appearance at the 3rd Annual Veterans Stand Down in Modesto, Calif.

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It seemed on election night that Democrats in California were going to flip perhaps a couple of the seven Republican-held seats they were targeting in the House of Representatives. Three weeks later, the Democrats have flipped all seven — not only turning all of Orange County blue, but also two seats in the Central Valley. In our final Keys To The House episode, Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler talks with political experts about how this happened and what this means for California’s two major political parties.

Guests:

Mike Madrid, principal, GrassrootsLab
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Paul Mitchell, vice president, Political Data Inc.
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