Reps. Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman at a candidates forum early this year.

Reps. Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman at a candidates forum early this year. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times / August 9, 2012)

GOPvoters in a district featuring a fierce election battle between two Democratic congressmen this fall shouldn't count on guidance from the San Fernando Valley Republican Club.

The organization decided this week it won't endorse either Howard Berman of Valley Village or Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks as they compete in one of the most watched and costliest House races in the nation this year.

A combination of redrawn political maps and a new elections system that sends the top two primary finishers, regardless of party affiliation, to the fall runoff has left Republicans in the strongly Democratic 30th Congressional District without a candidate from their own party.

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-- Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times