Published On: Fri, Nov 9th, 2018

California GOP Reps. Rohrabacher, Walters Losing Ground

With tens of thousands of ballots still to be counted, Democratic candidates in two House races in California are gaining ground in their races to replace incumbent GOP Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters.

Walters, who represents the 45th Congressional District, saw her lead shrink over challenger Katie Porter from 6,233 to 4,037, putting her edge at 51 percent to 49 percent, reports the Los Angeles Times. However, there remain 70,000 to 90,000 ballots to count in her race and in Rohrabacher's.

In California's 48th Congressional District, Democrat Harley Rouda is leading Rohrabacher by 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent. Rouda had established a 2,682-vote lead on election night, but that lead jumped to 4,756 votes after the Orange County Registrar of voters updated its tally late Wednesday.

Rohrabacher spokesman Dale Neugebauer said his campaign had expected the race to be close because of "California's absurdly long ballot-counting process" and would not be commenting until the count finishes at the end of the month.

In California, ballots counted after Election Day usually tend to be for Democrats, as people who either submit ballots later or use a provisional ballot tend to be either younger or minority voters.

Republicans remain ahead in the 10th Congressional District, with Rep. Jeff Denham leading, and in the 39th, with Rep. Young Kim ahead.

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California GOP Reps. Rohrabacher, Walters Losing Ground