Rohrabacher Is Still Ahead In California Despite Bloomberg’s Spending Spree


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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter
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California GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is leading Democratic challenger Harley Rouda by 9 points, according to Thomas Partners Strategies (TPS) polling numbers released Friday.

TPS polled 440 likely voters in California District 48 from Oct. 30 to 31. Rohrabacher received 50.7 percent of the vote to Rouda’s 41.6 percent, a difference outside the margin of error +/- 4.7 percent.

Rohrabacher has broken the 50 percent benchmark, representing more than half of likely voters in the district, with just days to go until the election on Nov. 6.

The race in California’s 48th District is the costliest congressional race in the U.S., in part because of a cash infusion by billionaire businessman and Democratic megadonor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC spent $4.3 million on advertising for Rouda in October, bringing the total that partisans outside the candidates’ committees have spent on the race as a whole up to $18.2 million, The Orange County Register reports.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Bloomberg Global Business forum in New York, U.S., September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Three-quarters of that $18.2 million has been spent on the Democratic side. The party has targeted Rohrabacher’s seat, which The Cook Political Report has rated a toss-up, to flip and help capture the House in the midterm elections. (RELATED: Enviros Plan On Spending A Record Amount Of Cash With Days Until Election Day)

Bloomberg pledged to spend at least $80 million to help Democrats take the House, The Hill reports. The party needs to gain 23 seats to gain a majority.

Rohrabacher has held his seat for three decades and a Democrat has yet to win the House seat of California’s 48th District, according to Talking Points Memo.

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