Parties Focus High Hopes on Long Beach House Race

Monday, 15 Oct 2012 12:54 PM

By Alec Weisman

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At least 10 California congressional races are more competitive this year than they have been in over a decade and nowhere is the competition more evident than in the district that includes Long Beach.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the race based in Long Beach between Democratic state Sen. Alan Lowenthal and Republican City Councilman Gary DeLong is now considered important by both parties in determining control of the U.S. House for the next two years. Both sides are trying to turn it into a referendum, the Times reports, on a number of national issues, including the economy, the federal budget, Obamacare, and Social Security and Medicare.
The parties have not yet pumped any money directly into the race. But Republicans have raised the priority of DeLong's campaign by adding him to the National Republican Congressional Committee's "Young Guns" program, which generally helps channel private donations and other forms of campaign aid to candidates with a good chance of winning.
Likewise, Lowenthal has been placed in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" effort targeting key battleground districts that are, or were before redistricting, in Republican hands.
The Times reports that registration in the new 47th District now runs about 42 percent Democrat to 31 percent Republican. But more than a fifth of registered voters do not claim allegiance to either party.

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