The Democratic Party won’t be represented in the General Election this year, in the 72nd Assembly District. The winners of the Top Two Open Primary, Troy Edgar and Travis Allen , are both Republicans. However Edgar is a former Democrat who has voted repeatedly for tax increases, as a member of the Los Alamitos City Council, which I supposed is a consolation prize for the DPOC.
The leading Democratic Party candidate, Joe Dovinh, just missed making the Top Two, by 419 votes, according to Smart Voter. Why did he lose? Simple. An 82 year old Tea Party Democrat, Albert Ayala, jumped into the race and got 8,816 votes without campaigning at all.
Ayala, a retired police commander, may have benefited from being the only Latino in the race for the 72nd A.D., which includes part of West Santa Ana.
There are rumors that the Republicans asked Ayala to run but I have not been able to substantiate those allegations.
Dovinh also lost when he ran for the 68th Assembly District in 2010, according to Smart Voter.
Another Vietnamese candidate, Republican Long Pham, also lost in the 72nd A.D. Open Primary. He spent a lot more than Dovinh did but has nothing to show for it. Even worse, he walked away from a seat on the Orange County Board of Education. Now Pham is out of politics entirely.