Republican Robert Hammond, a resident of Santa Ana, has withdrawn from the race for the 69th Assembly District, according to the OC Political blog. There are now four Democrats vying in the open primary, but only two of them have a shot at winning in June.
Santa Ana Couincil Member Michele Martinez has 13% of the vote, according to a poll conducted by the other leading Democratic candidate, Tom Daly, who currently is the O.C. Clerk-Recorder. Daly has a quarter of the vote, according to his poll.
The other candidates are totally unknown to the voters. One of them, Julio Perez, is a socialist union hack. The other, Francisco Barragan, topped Perez in the Daly poll, with 5% of the vote, compared to Perez, who is at 4%.
Martinez already enjoys ample Republican and Vietnamese support – which the other OC political blogs are overlooking. Daly’s record, particularly with regard to wasting money, is well known and won’t serve him well in trying to get GOP and independent votes.
Martinez is pro-business as well, and pro-jobs. I can see her picking up quite a few more votes before June, particularly from undecided voters, who make up 28% of the vote, according to the Daly poll.
Hammond may have pulled out of the race for the 69th, but he is not going away. He has announced that he is running for the Orange County Board of Education, in the First District, which includes Santa Ana. The incumbent, Long Pham, pulled out and is running instead for the 72nd Assembly District.