Progressive Group Eyes Congressional Seats in Orange County

California is known to be “true blue” territory when it comes to politics, with the state having voted for Hillary Clinton by more than 30 points in the last presidential election. One part of California that has been historically hostile to Democrats, especially those who lean to the left, has been Orange County. However, this situation may soon be changed through the efforts of one progressive group.
The mobilization of voters in the region was one of the topics discussed at a recent meeting of the Orange County division of Indivisible. This activist organization is dedicated to liberal causes, including the capture by the Democratic Party of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. Indivisible is working hard to defeat four Republicans who currently occupy congressional seats in the county.
The most vulnerable of the four representatives is believed to be Darrell Issa, who was returned to his seat by a small margin in 2016. Also marked for defeat are Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Waters, but the fourth, Ed Royce, may be the crown jewel. A member of the U.S. Congress for nearly 25 years, Royce is particularly unpopular among liberals because of his stand on some important issues. In addition to opposing the Dream Act, which was designed to help naturalize immigrants who have spent most of their lives in the United States, Royce has won praise from the National Rifle Association but received the lowest ranking possible from Planned Parenthood. At least five Democrats and possibly more are expected to join the race, with one earning the right to challenge Royce in the general election.
Once the home of disgraced Republican President Richard Nixon and always considered a stronghold for the right-wing John Birch Society, Orange County has undergone major changes in the last two decades. In one recent survey, registered Republicans lead Democrats in the region by only about 4 percent.

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