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Former Orange County Republican Party chairman Scott Baugh started the process to file to run on Wednesday.

Former Orange County Republican Party chairman Scott Baugh started the process to file to run on Wednesday. (Jon Fleischman)

Former Orange County GOP chairman Scott Baugh plans to run for the House seat of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a fellow Republican, according to multiple sources close to Baugh.

The entry of Baugh, a well-known name in Orange County Republican circles, would scramble the already crowded field in the 48th Congressional District race. With more than half a dozen Democrats hoping to flip the district and the an ugly party-endorsement fight still lingering, Baugh could put Democrats at added risk of getting shut out of the November top-two runoff.

Baugh pulled filing papers at the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office Wednesday and paid the $1,740 fee to run. He has yet to announce a campaign and did not respond to a request for comment. Baugh has until Friday to complete additional paperwork to get his name on the June 5 primary ballot. 

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