The battle between two Republican congressmen for a local seat in 2012 will not happen, according to the state's new legislative maps finalized Monday by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) said he plans to run next year for the new 48th Congressional District, a coastal bloc that includes Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and parts of Huntington Beach. The 12-term congressman will not have to face off against Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine).
"This new district suits me and I'm suited for this district," Rohrabacher said in a prepared statement. "There is a coastal culture in Southern California that I've always identified with, especially in Orange County, and the residents have always identified with me. The new 48th District is a good fit and something that will enable me to serve my constituents and the country well."
An earlier draft of the state's revamped legislative districts put Irvine and Costa Mesa together, which would have pitted the two veteran lawmakers against each other in 2012.