The long reign of conservative firebrand Dana Rohrabacher as a Congressman representing west-coastal Orange County may be coming to an end. As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday – according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters – the Republican incumbent was trailing Democratic challenger Harley Rouda by over 2,000 votes in the 48th District race.
Rouda, a former Republican who finished first in a crowded Democratic primary this year, is polling with 91,750 (50.7 percent) votes to Rohrabacher’s 89,068 (49.3).
However, those numbers are not official or final: there are 418,600 votes still to tally countywide.
A journalist and later a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, Rohrabacher was first elected to Congress in 1988 in what was then the 42nd District. He won his re-election campaigns with ease, but in 2016 his district went for Democrat Hillary Clinton, suggesting that he was finally vulnerable.
A favorite of conservatives, Rohrabacher, 71, came under some criticism for his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In other congressional races of interest to the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Stanton-Westminster area, Democratic incumbents Lou Correa (46th District) and Alan Lowenthal (47th) won easily.
The state Senate battle between incumbent Republican Janet Nguyen and Democrat Tom Umberg for the 34th District seat turned out to be not much of battle at all, as Nguyen won 54.5 percent of the vote to Umberg’s 45.5 percent.
Another Republican legislative win came in the 72nd state Assembly District. Republican Tyler Diep, a Westminster City Council member, has a big lead over Democrat Josh Lowenthal (son of the Congressman) by 54.3 percent to 45.7 percent.
For the latest numbers, go to www.ocvote.com.
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