Redistricting brought new boundaries to northern California’s 7th congressional district — and an even split between Republicans and Democrats. Incumbent Dan Lungren and Dr. Ami Bera are battling to represent the district. They are “very effective stand ins for the two sides in the national debate” on Medicare says one analyst.

When Republican Rep. Dan Lungren faced a crowd of tea party supporters and Democratic detractors at a recent town hall meeting outside Sacramento in the town of Carmichael, the arguments showed how explosive the Medicare debate can get in the hottest races in the country.

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