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

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'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

Friday, November 9, 2018

So What The Heck Just Happened?

The Keys to the House are now held by the Democrats. But here in California, four of the state’s battleground congressional races remain too close to call. On this episode: What happened in Tuesday’s midterms, why did it happen, and what comes next?

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The O.C., Part 2: Rebellious Republicans

Democrats think they can win California congressional seats long held by Republicans. In this episode, we explore what it would take.

Monday, October 29, 2018

The O.C., Part 1: Diverse Democrats

Orange County has long been a Republican stronghold, but the region is changing. Its growing diversity could boost Democratic efforts to win the House of Representatives — but only if more Latinos and Asians vote.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

In Play Or Wishful Thinking?

Which California congressional seats should Republicans truly be worrying about losing with control of the House of Representatives at stake in the November election — and which ones are probably just wishful thinking for Democrats?

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Post-Labor Day Reset

The Keys To The House team is sadly saying good-bye to host Ben Bradford. In this episode, Bradford introduces our new host and discusses significant shifts happening in favor of Democrats.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Do Candidates Matter?

Campaigns spend millions of dollars in Congressional races, while candidates are scrutinized relentlessly. But, on election day, to what degree does a candidate's personality affect the vote? A school of political thought says "almost none."

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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The Safest Republican In A Democratic District

Rep. David Valadao has consistently won election by double-digits, despite being a Republican in a blue district. CapRadio’s Ben Bradford explores why, joined by experts on the Latino vote, GOP strategist Mike Madrid and researcher Mindy Romero.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

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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.

Monday, June 11, 2018

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Republicans Hold Back Blue Wave, But Democrats Avoid Shutouts In California Primary

Congressional Democrats successfully avoided a shutout from competitive primary races in California. But Republicans also walked away with their own advantages going into the general election.