Marijuana advocate Rep. Dana Rohrabacher battling to keep seat in Congress

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Former Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh submitted paperwork to enter the race on the last day for candidates to register. Baugh is one of 16 candidates for the seat, including eight Democrats and six Republicans, county Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley said. Rohrabacher, once a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, has been a supporter of Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin. Orange County once was a GOP stronghold but Democrats have gained significant ground and now have their eyes on four GOP seats, including one held by retiring Congressman Darrell Issa. His name has come up in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and he has denied any wrongdoing.

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A well-known Republican on Friday filed papers to join a crowded field attempting to oust longtime GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher from his seat, one of four in and around Orange County that Democrats have targeted as they try to regain the House.

Former Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh submitted paperwork to enter the race on the last day for candidates to register. Baugh also is a former state assemblyman.

Baugh is one of 16 candidates for the seat, including eight Democrats and six Republicans, county Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley said.

California’s 48th Congressional District includes Huntington Beach and other coastal cities. Rohrabacher has represented the area in Congress for 29 years.

Orange County once was a GOP stronghold but Democrats have gained significant ground and now have their eyes on four GOP seats, including one held by retiring Congressman Darrell Issa. Hillary Clinton narrowly carried Rohrabacher’s...

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