LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is facing the toughest campaign of his three-decade career.
The pro-marijuana surfer known as Russia’s leading defender on Capitol Hill is running against Democrat Harley Rouda in a race in Southern California’s 48th Congressional District that’s widely considered a toss-up.
Rohrabacher was first elected in 1988 after campaigning as the face of the Reagan revolution. But his district has grown more diverse and now he’s embracing the tagline of independent maverick.
In one online video, the congressman says he’s “taking on both parties” over protecting health care for people with pre-existing conditions.
Rouda calls Rohrabacher a hardened partisan who is contributing to Washington gridlock.
Republicans hold a 10-point registration edge in the district, which Rohrabacher won by 17 points two years ago.
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