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Here's why California really matters in the midterm elections

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LOS ANGELES (CIRCA) - The midterm elections are here, and though California’s results haven’t mattered that much beyond the Golden State in recent history, this year is different.

This election, House Democrats need to flip 23 seats nationwide to take back Congress, and California could help deliver that turnover. Of California’s 53-seat delegation, 14 are held by Republicans. But with close races -- and the Democrats leading in fundraising -- that could easily change.

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The rising sun silhouettes the U.S. Capitol dome at daybreak, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

With control over the House, Democrats would secure the power they need to fight back against the Trump administration for the next two years.

One major influence may be Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, who has used his double-digit polling lead over Republican John Cox to prop up other Democrats across the state.

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Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom smiles after speaking with reporters after a California gubernatorial debate with Republican candidate John Cox at KQED Public Radio Studio in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool)

Another factor is that the youth voter turnout is predicted to be historic. According to a poll by the Institute of Politics, 40 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds say they will “definitely vote” in the midterm elections, compared to 2014’s turnout of less than 20 percent.

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But we won’t know which way they’ll vote until Tuesday.

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