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Gregory Bull, Associated Press
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, speaks alongside California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton, left, during a news conference on the first day of the California Democrats State Convention Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in San Diego. The annual convention continues through Feb. 12.

SAN DIEGO — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling California Democrats that several congressional races in their state will be central to the party's attempt to regain control of the House.

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Pelosi told more than 2,000 Democrats gathered in San Diego on Saturday for their party's convention that "the path to a House majority runs through California." An independent redistricting process has created a number of up-for-grabs seats, including several Democrats think they can seize from Republicans.

She said a Democratic majority in the House is needed "to work with our president instead of a Congress obstructing his every move."

Pelosi repeated themes she shared with reporters a day earlier. She expects California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas to leave the party only about a half-dozen seats short of a majority.