Previous reports suggested that the 2020 congressional race for this Orange County congressional seat – freshman Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Laguna Beach) unseated veteran Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) here last November – is already virtually set. With the local Republican leadership coalescing around Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel (R), the seemingly last formidable potential candidate has moved into another race. Former state Senator Janet Nguyen (R), who had previously indicated interest in the congressional contest, just filed to run for the Orange County Municipal Water Board. A Rouda-Steel congressional battle will become a national campaign. The 48th CD is one that the Republicans could return to their column.
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