The 2018 Orange County Primary Election is over! The statewide turnout was awfully low. Only 21% of the state’s voters turned out, according to the CA Secretary of State. The turnout here in Orange County was slightly better at 24%.
The big news in Orange County was the successful recall of State Senator Josh Newman. In total almost 60% of the electorate in his district voted yes on the Recall. He paid the price for voting to raise our gas taxes! His recall means the Democrats no longer have a super majority in California’s State Senate. Newman will be replaced by former Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang.
Did we underestimate Orange County’s Asian voters? Chang was not the only Asian candidate to prevail. Young Kim prevailed over a couple of big time Republican challengers in Shawn Nelson and Bob Huff after the Democrats spent a fortune ripping them in radio ads and mailers. She will square off in November against a Democrat, Gil Cisneros, who actually won the state lottery and is funding himself.
Perhaps Nelson should have run for a judgeship instead? His loss is a shame as he was easily the most Libertarian candidate for the 39th Congressional District.
Another surprising Asian candidate was Duke Nguyen, who ran for OC Sheriff. He did not prevail but he got 30% of the vote, swamping another challenger with higher name I.D., David Harrington. The OC Under-Sheriff, Don Barnes, will take over for outgoing incumbent Sandra Hutchens. Hopefully Barnes will clean up the mess Hutchens made in our County jails.
I was surprised at how little support Travis Allen got in his race for Governor. He got less than 12% of the vote here in Orange County. San Diego businessman John Cox got 37% of the O.C. vote and he will run as the GOP nominee against ultra-liberal Gavin Newsom for Governor in November.
Westminster City Councilman Tyler Diep made the top two in the 72nd State Assembly District. He will be opposed by Democrat Josh Lowenthal in November. This is a very winnable seat for Diep and the GOP.
It looks like two pro-charter school supporters won seats on the O.C. Board of Education as Mary Barke prevailed in Area 2 and Lisa Sparks won in Area 5.
La Habra City Councilman Tim Shaw is the leading GOP nominee for the 4th Supervisorial District. Two Democrats are right behind him – the odious Doug Chaffee and the carpetbagger Joe Kerr. One of them will be on the November ballot against Shaw in the November runoff.
Michelle Steel easily won reelection in the 2nd Supervisorial District.
I am saddened to report that our nutty O.C. Assessor, Claude Parrish, was easily reelected after he loaned a ton of money to his campaign. I hope the O.C. Supervisors do away with his office by merging it with the O.C. Clerk-Recorder’s office!
O.C. Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery and O.C. Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen were easily reelected.
Todd Spitzer and Tony Rackauckas will face off in November for OCDA. That will be a bloodbath! Spitzer once worked for Rackauckas and they very much hate each other.
In a shocker, Irvine’s Measure B failed as the Irvine voters bought into Larry Agran’s lies about the planned Veterans’ Cemetery.
Over in the other Congressional races it looks like GOP incumbents Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters will face Democrat opponents in November. So will GOP challenger Diane Harkey over in the 49th District. There was a lot of talk in their races about the Democrats missing the top two but that did not happen.