Big money, political gamesmanship shaping Orange County congressional races

"The sky-high stakes of several congressional races that touch Orange County soon could attract big money and political gamesmanship on a scale rarely seen locally.

On the line are four longtime GOP-held seats in congressional districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Winning any or all could give Democrats some of the 23 seats they’ll need to retake control of the House of Representatives.

But the anti-Trump fervor that could turn the mid-terms into a “Blue Wave” election – something that national polling shows is possible but far from ordained – also has prompted a flood of Democratic candidates to enter those contests, threatening to split the vote in a way that could ultimately thwart the party."

For more, see the Orange County Register, 4/11/18