Republicans are mounting an aggressive campaign to win back some of the seven California congressional seats they lost in 2018, a repudiation that turned the GOP into an endangered species in the state.

“We think California is incredibly important,” said Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), who leads the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is responsible for electing Republicans to Congress. “We will have a very active operation making sure that we’re competitive.”

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Republicans predict the 2018 Democratic victories will prove to be short-lived, in part because the Democratic candidates who promised to become moderate lawmakers ended up supporting President Trump’s impeachment and have few major bipartisan legislative accomplishments to tout.

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