California isn't in play at the presidential level, but the U-S House is a different story.
Redistricting has made the state much more competitive this year, especially in the Sacramento region.
Pam Peterson is a delegate from Granite Bay. As the state parties were officially nominating Mitt Romney to be their candidate, Peterson explained how important California's House races are this year. She says California delegates are trying to help garner national support for some of the closer contests in the region.
PETERSON: "Oh, of course. Absolutely. And they know every race that we win is going to help Mitt do all the things that are on his agenda. "
California Congressman Kevin McCarthy is the third most senior Republican in the House. He's optimistic about Republican chances in the state.
MCCARTHY: "California is the key. Pelosi believes that's where she'll win the majority back, and you watch how well Republicans are doing so far - we've expanded. We have 12 competitive races. Three that are challengers there - a first generation America. It is a unique opportunity to turn, not only, this country around but California as well."
With both parties hotly contesting the congressional races California is attracting a lot of national dollars. That means you should expect a lot of negative ads after these conventions end and the general election kicks into full swing.