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U.S. House District CA-48

One of the most contentious congressional battles this year is taking place in this district covering Orange County coastal communities like Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, and Newport Beach and parts of Garden Grove and Santa Ana. Veteran GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a pro-Russia conservative who surfs and and supports marijuana, is under challenge from Democrat Harley Rouda, a businessman who once was a Republican.

A New York Times poll shows the two candidates are neck-and-neck, reflecting the sharp division in this historically conservative district confronting the choice of a controversial incumbent and Trump backer against a Democrat whose stands on issue may not be fully aligned with voters here.

Dana Rohrabacher

Age 71

Incumbent

Lives in Costa Mesa

Dana Rohrabacher
Republican

Harley Rouda

Age 56

Tech entrepreneur

Lives in Laguna Beach

Harley Rouda
Democrat

This race is really close.

In a joint poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, 34,782 calls were made to residents of California's 48th Congressional District from Sept. 4-6 with 501 people responding to questions. Margin of error: +/- 4.8. See poll methodology here.

H. Rouda

45%

D. Rohrabacher

45%

Undecided

10%

The poll's questions covered a variety of issues related to the discrimination toward blacks and other minorities, President Trump and the opioids crisis.

Do you support or oppose the actions of N.F.L. players who kneel in protest during the national anthem?
Support
43%
Oppose
48%
Don't know
9%
Is President Trump draining the swamp and reducing Washington corruption?
Agree
43%
Disagree
50%
Don't know
7%

Click here to see the full list of questions and their responses.

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We sent each candidate a questionnaire to complete. Here's what they had to say.
NOTE: Responses were published verbatim as they were received with no edits for grammar, spelling, punctuation or clarity. Paragraph breaks were added in some cases for legibility.
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Candidate bio
Dana Rohrabacher

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Dana Rohrabacher

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Top district problem
Dana Rohrabacher

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Constituent concerns
Dana Rohrabacher

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Sanctuary laws
Dana Rohrabacher

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Gas tax
Dana Rohrabacher

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Housing crisis
Dana Rohrabacher

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Affordable health care
Dana Rohrabacher

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Candidate bio
Harley Rouda

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Pitch to voters
Harley Rouda

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Top district problem
Harley Rouda

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Constituent concerns
Harley Rouda

Did not respond

Sanctuary laws
Harley Rouda

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Gas tax
Harley Rouda

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Housing crisis
Harley Rouda

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Affordable health care
Harley Rouda

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