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House's Most Endangered Chairman Fighting for Political Life

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The sequel: Bera lost to Lungren in 2010, but 2012 may be a different story.((Left) Rich Pedroncelli/AP, AP)

Our colleagues at National Journal Daily report this morning on a California House race that pits the chamber's most endangered chairman, Republican Dan Lungren (Administration Committee), against a 47-year-old physician who's never held elective office, Ami Bera. Here's the upshot:

The contest is a magnet for outside cash. The Sacramento media market, which includes up to four potentially competitive House races, is saturated with $10 million in ad reservations by the national parties and various super PACs through Election Day.

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It is also a crucial test of both parties' strength in economically-suffering suburbs such as Elk Grove, once one of the nation's fastest-growing cities but now beset by plummeting home prices and foreclosures. Manicured lawns and colorful flower beds mask the depth of the housing bust. It's an area so hard-hit that local officials are considering exercising eminent domain to buy up troubled mortgages and bail out homeowners.

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