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Democrat Harley Rouda advances in California House primary

Democrat Harley Rouda advances in California House primary
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Rep. Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaHere are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden expected to issue swift reversals on climate | Senate proposes spending increase at environmental agencies | Court halts permits for contentious Mountain Valley Pipeline 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.

Rouda defeated ex-Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherGOP's Steel wins California House race after Democrat Rouda concedes Democrat Harley Rouda advances in California House primary Lawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report MORE (R-Calif.) by seven points at the time in a district that had swung between presidential candidates of both parties in the last three election cycles.

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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world MORE carried the district in 2016, which gave Democrats momentum heading into the 2018 midterm elections. But Republicans are still ahead of Democrats in voter registration.

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."