Former state Assemblyman and Orange County Republican chairman Scott Baugh (R) announced yesterday that he will not challenge freshman Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach) even though he filed a fundraising committee with the FEC earlier in the year. Mr. Baugh, who finished a strong fourth in the 2018 jungle primary, was viewed as one of the Republicans’ strongest potential candidates for 2020. Mr. Rouda defeated 15-term Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), 54-46%, in the November election.
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