This is something I’ve been watching since election day because whoever wins in CA-48 will be my congressional representative. Right now, Democrat Harley Rouda is trailing Republican Michelle Steel by just under 5,000 votes. That’s up slightly as of yesterday but the race still hasn’t been called.
According to Orange County Registrar of Voters’ returns as of 5 p.m. Thursday, Steel, a Republican from Surfside who serves as chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, had 179,452 votes — 4,774 more than Rouda’s 174,678.
All precincts had reported in, but the registrar had an estimated 175,516 ballots left to count countywide.
“We feel good about where things stand but will continue monitoring as more results come in,” Lance Trover, Steel’s campaign spokesman, said on Wednesday.
Rouda, the Democrat, won the seat from longtime Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in 2018. So a win by Steel would flip the seat back.