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New LA Times poll shows Republicans vulnerable in key state congressional races




An early morning runner crosses in front of the U.S. Capitol as he runs around the Washington Monument in D.C. Control of Congress and power in Washington is at stake this Fall.
An early morning runner crosses in front of the U.S. Capitol as he runs around the Washington Monument in D.C. Control of Congress and power in Washington is at stake this Fall.
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All eyes are on the 6 key congressional races in Southern California. Democrats hope to take some or all of those seats -- previously held by Republicans -- which could help the party retake control of the House.

The new poll, conducted by Berkeley IGS Poll and the LA Times, shows that Democrats have the lead in these races now, just weeks before Nov. 6. But they are so tight that any hiccup could revert them to Republican control.

Guests:

Mark DiCamillo, director of IGS Poll at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies; he conducted the survey

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies. He is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush