A new Monmouth University poll surveyed the Republican Orange County 48th District that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has held since 1989. According to the MU data (7/11-15; 402 CA-48 registered voters), Democratic challenger Harley Rouda, a businessman, has crept into a 46-43% lead over the Congressman.
Mr. Rohrabacher has found himself in trouble over seemingly making favorable comments to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which has damaged his standing particularly among Republican voters who hold a 40-30% registration plurality in the district. President Trump now making similar comments will likely hurt Rep. Rohrabacher’s standing even further, at least for the short term.
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