When Francisco Barragan got only 605 votes, as a Democratic candidate in the Open Primary election for the 69th Assembly District, this year, according to Smart Voter, he may well have set a record for futility in Assembly races. I spent a few hours searching for any comparable results and found none. Barragan appears to be the most unpopular candidate for the California State Assembly in the history of our state.
Barragan is by no means the first Orange County Democrat to utterly fail on Election Day. When Liberal OC blogger Chris Prevatt ran for the Garden Grove City Council, way back in 2002, he came in dead last in a field of five candidates, according to Smart Voter – but even with that stinky effort he got over 3,000 votes. Barragan only got 605 votes.
Just this year, in the Open Primary, we saw another O.C. liberal Democrat, Eleazar Elizondo, get spanked in the race for Area One on the O.C. Board of Education. Elizondo sent out at least one mailer and he also engaged in robo calls, but in the end he got only 3,037 votes, according to Smart Voter. That would be about five times as many votes as Barragan got on June 5.
I even looked at third party Assembly candidates to see if anyone ever got less votes than Barragan did. In 2010 a number of third party candidates ran for various state legislative seats in Orange County, including:
- Kristi Stone, a Libertarian, got 15,184 votes in the 38th State Senate District.
- Debbie Tharp, a Libertarian, got 6,212 votes in the 70th Assembly District
- and Jane Rands, a member of the Green Party, got 6,845 votes in the 72nd Assembly District
Those third party candidates each came in last, but they got thousands of votes, while Barragan only netted 605 votes. Of course they were an important 605 votes as they prevented his fellow Democrat, Julio Perez, from advancing to the November General Election in the 69th Assembly District. For that we should all thank Barragan.
Will Barragan ever run for office again? Who knows, but he certainly cannot do any worse than he did this year. Although he lost, his tremendous loss just might land him in the Guinness Book of World Records. In which case Barragan, who has been signing his blog comments lately as “Francisco Barragan, former candidate for the 69th Assembly District,” could change his signature to “Francisco Barragan, the past candidate for the 69th Assembly District who set a record for electoral futility, on June 5, 2012.”