By: Martin Wisckol

The large field of Democratic challengers to GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher raises the possibility that none will end up on the November ballot — that they will split the June vote, allowing two Republicans to advance out of the state’s top-two open primary…

Another activist group, Indivisible OC-48, has developed a formula based on local fundraising it will use to choose the four candidates it will invite to its series of forums in an effort to focus on the most promising hopefuls. The unwieldy size of the Democratic field could be seen throughout the event on Wednesday, with a candidate at one point thanking the crowd for still paying attention after six others had already answered the same question, and the moderator later losing track — twice — of whose turn it was to speak.

With most of the candidates supporting Medicare-for-all, a path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, and several other high-profile issues, many of the distinctions between the hopefuls — all first-time House candidates — were subtle.

But nowhere did they agree more wholeheartedly than on the desire to replace the 15th-term incumbent. While Republicans have an 11-percentage point advantage among the district’s registered voters — which reaches from Laguna Beach to Seal Beach — Democrats believe they have a chance because of Rohrabacher’s controversial meetings with people connected to the Kremlin and because Hillary Clinton edged out Donald Trump in the district in 2016…

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