Though former Rep. Harley Rouda (D) had announced for a re-match with freshman Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Orange County) after losing the 2020 election, the new redistricting map changed the fortunes of both potential 2022 political combatants. Rep. Steel is now seeking re-election in the new 45th CD, which is a more Republican friendly district, while Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) is running in the more Democratic 47th District. This leaves Mr. Rouda with no reasonable place to run, hence the decision to end his 2022 campaign.
Former state Assemblyman, ex-Orange County Republican Party chairman, and 2018 congressional candidate Scott Baugh (R) has announced on the Republican side for District 47. He did so once Rep. Steel made her intentions clear, and in turn, Ms. Steel endorsed Mr. Baugh’s latest candidacy. A Porter-Baugh general election will be competitive in this district despite its more Democratic lean.
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