Pro-Putin Republican Congressman Officially Loses Reelection to Democrat

Democrat Harley Rouda declared victory earlier Saturday over 15-term Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

 Longtime Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) leaves after talking to reporters on Election Night on November 6, 2018 in Costa Mesa, California. Rohrabacher and Democratic challenger Harley Rouda are running to represent the 48th Congressional district
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Democrat Harley Rouda is crediting his victory over 15-term Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher with support from “voters across the political spectrum.”

The real estate executive defeated Rohrabacher, who is often referred to as "Putin's favorite congressman" for his pro-Russia stances, in the 48th Congressional District in Orange County, a one-time GOP stronghold. The vote count updated Saturday showed Rouda with 52 percent of the vote and about 8,500 more votes than Rohrabacher - who is also closely aligned with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Rouda says he intends to be “honest, transparent, accessible and tireless” in Washington.

During the campaign, Rouda criticized Rohrabacher for his skepticism over climate change and depicted the congressman as out-of-touch and the face of Washington gridlock.

Rohrabacher’s campaign says in a statement that tens of thousands of ballots remain uncounted. The statement says volunteers are monitoring the count and the campaign will have a statement once the vote count is complete.