Democrat declares US House win over California's Rohrabacher

Democrat declares US House win over California's Rohrabacher
Harley Rouda, Democratic congressional candidate in the 48th district, addresses his supporters at his election night party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Newport Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Democrat Harley Rouda has declared victory over Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in a closely fought congressional contest in Southern California.

However, votes continue to be counted in Orange County, California’s 48th District, and The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the race.

In a statement Saturday, the 56-year-old Rouda said his lead has increased over Rohrabacher since the election and he’s confident he defeated the Republican.

Rohrabacher’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The 71-year-old Rohrabacher is seeking a 16th term.

The seat is one of seven in California targeted by Democrats after those districts were carried by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.