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2018 electionCongressional races

Democrats eyeing Orange County congressional seats in 2018

 (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Newly energized residents are giving Democrats hope they can claim at least some of the congressional seats in Orange County that have been red for a generation.

More than a dozen resistance groups have formed in Orange County since the presidential election. They’ve demanded meetings with the four Republican members of Congress, and staged town halls in their name when the members decline. They’ve delivered petitions and Valentines and even protested outside the members’ homes. Most Tuesdays, at least a few dozen people show up with signs outside district offices (some of which they’ve been told they can no longer enter).

Despite the vocal optimism from activists and local dissatisfaction with Trump, it will be an uphill battle for Democrats to flip the four heavily Republican congressional districts in Orange County, all but one of which the incumbent won in 2016 by double digits.

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