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Video: California Senate battlegrounds begin to emerge

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, and Cathleen Galgiani, D-Manteca, greet each other as lawmakers return to the Capitol, after their summer recess, on Aug. 17. Galgiani faces a tough re-election race in 2016.
State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, and Cathleen Galgiani, D-Manteca, greet each other as lawmakers return to the Capitol, after their summer recess, on Aug. 17. Galgiani faces a tough re-election race in 2016. AP

These are the final days of the 2015 legislative session at the state Capitol, but 2016 legislative contests already are taking shape.

Here’s a video look at four competitive state Senate in November 2016. The results could reduce Democrats’ current 26-14 majority in the upper house.

Four potentially tight state Senate races next year could pare the Democratic Party's edge in the upper house. Video by Jim Miller, Bee Capitol Bureau.

Note: November 2014 precinct voter registration data comes from the Statewide Database. A precinct’s color represents its dominant party affiliation: blue is Democratic, red is Republican, and green is no-party preference. The height represents the margin between a precinct’s dominant party affiliation and the next-largest affiliation.

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