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California's five most expensive House races

Rep. Ami Bera shakes hands with his Republican challenger, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. (Jose Luis Villegas / Associated Press)
Rep. Ami Bera shakes hands with his Republican challenger, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. (Jose Luis Villegas / Associated Press)

Winning a seat representing a California congressional district is not a cheap endeavor. 

In the last two years, more than $150 million was spent trying to help or hurt the candidates running for one of California’s 53 seats in the House of Representatives.

Most of that money — about $117 million — was spent by the candidates’ own committees, while an additional $35 million poured in from outside groups looking to influence the outcome of a few key races.

California's most expensive House races included some perennially contested seats as well as sleepy districts that were suddenly thrust into competition based on hopes that having Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket would imperil incumbent House Republicans down the ballot. 

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