Pro-Putin Republican Dana Rohrabacher loses House seat

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), a noted defender of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has lost his House seat to Democratic challenger Harley Rouda, the AP projects.

Why it matters: The Democrats appear set to take as many as 40 House seats from Republicans, their biggest wave since Watergate.