Orange County Democrat Grabs Narrow 126-Vote Win to Take on Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

Businessman Harley Rouda will take on the incumbent in the 48th Congressional District in Orange County

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.

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