SAN DIEGO (AP) - Winning seven U.S. House seats currently held by California Republicans is critical to Democrats' hopes of taking back Congress in the midterm elections.
But first, they've got to narrow the field.
An all-out battle is underway at the California Democratic Party's annual convention in San Diego to win an endorsement. It's a stamp of approval heading into the June primary that brings support from activists and party cash.
Republican President Donald Trump's election has inspired high numbers of Democrats to run in districts once considered safe for Republicans. But party leaders worry too many Democrats in the field could give Republicans an inadvertent boost.
It's a problem that's particularly acute in two Orange County districts held by retiring Republican Reps. Darrell Issa and Ed Royce, where five and seven Democrats, respectively, are running.
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