Today is make or break for Democrats in California’s House races

One exception was Issa’s district, where a tight-knit group of activists hosted weekly protests outside the congressman’s office and have spent months registering and talking to voters. There, about 70,600, or 27%, of permanent mail voters had turned in ballots as of Friday, up from 24% in 2014. Democrats and Republicans were running about even in mailed ballots, an anomaly in a state where GOP voters often over-perform in midterm years. That could still change, as Democrats tend to turn out in greater numbers on election day.

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