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The Latest: Democrat Rouda wins House race over Rohrabacher

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) – The Latest on the California House race (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

Democrat Harley Rouda is crediting his victory over 15-term Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher with support from “voters across the political spectrum.”

The real estate executive defeated Rohrabacher in the 48th Congressional District in Orange County, a one-time GOP stronghold. The vote count updated Saturday showed Rouda with 52 percent of the vote and about 8,500 more votes than Rohrabacher.

Rouda declared victory earlier Saturday. He says he intends to be “honest, transparent, accessible and tireless” in Washington.

During the campaign, Rouda criticized Rohrabacher for his skepticism over climate change and depicted the congressman as out-of-touch and the face of Washington gridlock.

Rohrabacher’s campaign says in a statement that tens of thousands of ballots remain uncounted. The statement says volunteers are monitoring the count and the campaign will have a statement once the vote count is complete.

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5:40 p.m.

Democrat Harley Rouda has upset 15-term Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in California’s Orange County.

The vote count updated Saturday showed Rouda with 52 percent of the vote and about 8,500 more votes than Rohrabacher.

Divisions over President Donald Trump and the #MeToo movement shaped the race.

Rouda, a millionaire real estate investor and former Republican, also depicted Rohrabacher as the face of Washington gridlock and criticized the congressman’s climate change skepticism.

Rohrabacher was first elected in 1988 while running as a supporter of President Ronald Reagan. He’s perhaps best known as Russia’s leading defender on Capitol Hill.

Three other California U.S. House races remain too close to call.

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11:42 a.m.

Democrat Harley Rouda has declared victory over Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in a closely fought congressional contest in Southern California.

However, votes continue to be counted in Orange County, California’s 48th District, and The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the race.

In a statement Saturday, the 56-year-old Rouda said his lead has increased over Rohrabacher since the election and he’s confident he defeated the Republican.

A Rohrabacher spokesman says thousands of ballots remain to be counted. The 71-year-old Rohrabacher is seeking a 16th term.

The seat is one of seven in California targeted by Democrats after those districts were carried by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

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