Democrat grabs narrow win to take on Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

June 25, 2018 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the battle for control of Congress, one of the toughest fights among Democrats has been settled by 126 votes: Businessman Harley Rouda will face endangered Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in November.

Rouda has been locked in a close match with fellow Democrat Hans Keirstead for the second ballot slot in the 48th Congressional District in Orange County, California. The top two vote-getters advance to the general election regardless of party.

With all votes counted Monday from the June 5 primary election, Rouda grabbed the narrow win in a large field of candidates.


Rouda says he’ll be fighting to hold the congressman accountable for his “reckless” agenda.

Keirstead says the tough contest shows Democrats can stop Rohrabacher from winning a 16th term.

Rohrabacher finished with 30 percent of the vote, followed by Rouda with 17 percent.