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Rohrabacher Roars Ahead in California's 48th District

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R- Calif. (Getty Images)

John Gizzi By Sunday, 04 November 2018 08:03 AM EST Current | Bio | Archive

After months in which polls showed him either slightly ahead or was tied with Democrat Harley Rouda, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R.-Calif.,  pulled ahead by a healthy 9-percentage point margin in the latest TPStrat poll.

TP Strat’s latest figures show Rohrabacher, 70 and a congressman for 30 years, leading Rouda by 50.7 to 41.6 percent.  The margin of error is 4.7 percentage points.

Although the 48th District (Orange County) is considered one of the California’s most Republican districts, Rohrabacher is widely considered very vulnerable.  In large part, this is due to his unashamed defense of Vladimir Putin and refusal to condemn Russia for any aggressive activity (such as its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea two years ago). 

Rohrabacher supporters such as California’s Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel insist that the “Putin’s Congressman” label almost never comes up at the congressman’s weekly town meetings.

In addition, Rohrabacher turned in a strong performance in a television debate with Rouda by reminding viewers that the Democrat favors Medicaid for illegal immigrants and supports creating a new Cabinet-level Department of Peace Building.

“It’s going to be close,” Jon Fleischmann, editor of the much-read “Flash Report” on Golden State politics, told Newsmax, “But it’s always been Dana’s to lose. If Republicans turn out he should win. But Dana has done everything he can to turn off ‘Decline to State’ [No party affiliation] voters and so Rouda is right on his tail.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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After months in which polls showed him either slightly ahead or was tied with Democrat Harley Rouda, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R.-Calif., pulled ahead by a healthy 9-percentage point margin in the latest TPStrat poll.TP Strat's latest figures show Rohrabacher, 70 and a...
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