House Control Could Hinge On California Races

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

At a glance

  • The GOP’s bid to reclaim control of the House could hinge on more than a dozen California races that are days, if not weeks, from being decided.
  • In California, the primary battlegrounds are Orange County — a suburban expanse southeast of Los Angeles that was once a GOP stronghold but has become increasingly diverse and Democratic — and the Central Valley, an inland stretch sometimes called the nation’s salad bowl for its agricultural production.

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