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Dornan Files Official Challenge To Election Loss

FRIDAY, DEC. 27, 1996

Rep. Robert Dornan, who was defeated in the November election, filed his official challenge Thursday in Congress, calling for a new election on grounds of voter fraud.

Dornan, one of the loudest and most conservative Republicans in the House, was defeated in his Orange County district by newcomer Loretta Sanchez. A recount showed Sanchez, a Democrat, won by 979 votes.

Michael Schroeder, a local lawyer overseeing Dornan’s efforts, said the complaint was filed with the clerk of the House of Representatives.

It’s similar to a lawsuit: Lawyers can take sworn testimony and subpoena documents and other evidence. Ultimately, a trial could be held before the House Federal Elections Oversight Committee.

Dornan, who earned the nickname “B-1 Bob” for his unwavering support for the bomber manufactured in California, had been seeking his 10th term.



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