LOS ANGELES | Democrats gain ground in California US House battles

LOS ANGELES  | Democrats gain ground in California US House battles

LOS ANGELES — Several Democrats gained ground Friday against Republican incumbents in closely contested U.S. House races in California, where votes continue to be counted.

Fifteen-term U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher fell farther behind Democrat Harley Rouda, a real estate executive, in Orange County’s coastal 48th District. Rouda extended his lead to 7,300 votes, or nearly 52 percent, returns showed.

In the neighboring 45th District, Democrat Katie Porter inched closer to Republican U.S.

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