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Californian is losing battle to reclaim seat in Congress

Former Rep. Bob Dornan's lengthy fight to reclaim the California congressional seat taken away from him by Democrat Loretta Sanchez is nearing an end.

The House Oversight Committee voted 8-1 Wednesday to dismiss Dornan's challenge, even though it concluded that nearly 750 illegal votes had been cast in the November 1996 contest.The full House could vote on the matter as soon as next week.

Dornan, a Republican, has blamed his 979-vote loss of the 46th District congressional seat in conservative Orange County on widespread voting by illegal immigrants and noncitizens.