Democrat Harley Rouda advances in California House primary

Democrat Harley Rouda advances in California House primary
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Rep. Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog to weigh probe of Trump advancements on Pebble Mine | Interior finalizes public lands HQ move out West over congressional objections | EPA to issue methane rollback: report Watchdog to weigh probe of Trump administration advancements of Pebble Mine How to combat substance abuse during COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) advanced in the all-party primary on Tuesday in his race for a second term and will square off against Republican Michelle Park Steel in November.

The Associated Press called the race for both Rouda and Steel at 10:30 p.m. PST. Rouda, a former real estate executive, defeated a 15-term GOP incumbent in 2018 and flipped the Orange County-area district to blue.

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Steel, a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, is hoping to prove that Rouda's victory was due more to an unpopular incumbent than the district turning more Democratic.

The Cook Political Report currently rates the race as "lean Democratic."