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BY DAN PALMER, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR, THE HILL— 06/07/18 12:00 PM EDT
THE HILL – Democrats need to gain 23 seats to win the House in the 2018 midterm elections. They have been touting the fact that there are 10 competitive seats in California, seven of which were carried by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, and are currently held by Republicans.
Of those, four are in the traditional Republican stronghold of Orange County, where demographic shifts purportedly favor Democrats. Making the opportunity more ripe, two of those four Orange County races are open seats with the retirement of two powerful House committee chairmen, Ed Royce in the 39th District and Darrell Issa in the 49th District.