Breakthrough congressional candidate opposed by fellow Democrats – Orange County Register

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Democrat Doug Applegate was key to erasing the long-standing consensus that local Republican Congress members could not be unseated, thanks to his near upset last year of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, in a district that straddles the Orange-San Diego county line.

Defying prognosticators, the lawyer and retired Marine colonel came within 1,621 votes of winning in the nation’s closest House race of the year. That virtual-breakthrough — combined with Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump in the four Orange County congressional districts held by Republicans — has convinced Democrats they have a shot at capturing all four seats next year.

But the Democratic seas have not parted for Applegate.

National and local Democrats have not united behind him. Instead, three well-funded Democrats are convinced they are better candidates than Applegate and have jumped into the race.

While the San Clemente resident can boast backing from a variety of labor groups and local and state officials, the five current Democratic Congress members to endorse anybody have, so far, picked other candidates. So has the National Organization of Women.

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