Orange County congressional race has big implications for Democrats

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Longtime Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher is on his way to making the general election, but who finishes second is a big focus for both parties. (AP Photo/Paul Holston)

Democrats across the country Tuesday night are fixated on the vote totals in California's 48th congressional district.

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The Orange County district has an unpopular long-time Republican incumbent, Dana Rohrabacher. Right now, Rohrabacher is on his way to making the general election, but who finishes second is a big focus for both parties.

Since California is a top two primary regardless of party, Democrats could be locked out of this swing seat come November.

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Democrat Hans Keirstead is narrowly ahead of Republican Scott Baugh. The margin is under 1 percent. Second place in this race will not likely be decided Tuesday evening.
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