(CNN) — California's nonpartisan redistricting commission bucked the national trend last year by creating a new congressional map with at least eight competitive seats, offering pickup opportunities to both Democrats and Republicans vying for control of the US House. Tuesday's House primaries in California will serve as an early test of strength for both parties as the GOP seeks a net gain of five seats to win the majority. READ MORE: 12-Year-Old Fairfield Girl Saves Toddler From Drowning With Skills Learned On YouTube While Democrats were originally bullish about their chances this year in congressional races across the Golden State, those ambitions have been tempered by the difficult election climate they face. Many California voters are reeling from the highest gas prices in the nation and frustrations over the state's ongoing homelessness crisis as well as rising crime at a time when all of the top officeholders in the state are Democrats. Those dynamics have been thrust to the fore in Tuesday's effort to recall progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a leader in the national criminal justice movement. City residents angling for his removal have said they do not feel safe amid a surge in burglaries and car… Read full this story
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