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Harley Rouda, Democrat running for California’s 48th Congressional district seat in Congress, listens to speakers during his campaign rally in Laguna Beach, Calif., on May 20, 2018.
Democratic candidate in addition to businessman Harley Rouda is usually the apparent winner in a hotly contested race in California’s historically conservative 48th Congressional District, unseating longtime Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, according to NBC News.
Rouda ran a well-financed campaign in addition to saw his support rise from the polls after he in addition to Democrat-backed PAC ads attacked Rohrabacher’s record in addition to his pro-Russia views. The 15-term congressman by Orange County previously defended Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in addition to gave Russia a pass on interference from the 2016 presidential election.
“Congressman Rohrabacher has not conceded the race,” Rohrabacher campaign spokesman Dale Neugebauer told CNBC in an email late Wednesday. He said there still are “0,000 ballots remaining to be tallied in Orange County.”
from the last few weeks of the congressional campaign, Rohrabacher tried to shift attention away by his ties to Russia by launching an ad casting himself as a health-care advocate in addition to fighter of pre-existing medical conditions. Yet the incumbent was called out by the Rouda campaign for having voted more than a dozen times to get rid of protections by pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act.
Rouda, who supports Medicare for all residents, raised nearly $3.2 million from the third quarter, or about 7 times the amount Rohrabacher collected, according to federal election records. Rouda, a real estate developer in addition to attorney, spent about $1.6 million of his own money on the race in addition to received more than $4 million in donations from the final weeks for ad buys by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, the former brand-new York mayor.
Republicans have a nearly 10 percentage point registration advantage from the district, however there have been changing demographics, in addition to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won there by nearly 2 points in 2016. The district runs along the Orange County coastline, by Seal Beach to Laguna Niguel.
-Updated: Adds comment by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher campaign.