Chris Nguyen, over at OC Political, wrote a very complete analysis of the election results in the 72nd Assembly District, where two Republican candidates, Travis Allen and Troy Edgar, will face off again in November.
Nguyen analyzed the vote in each city in the 72nd and found that Edgar and Allen were in the top two in the Cities of Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach,
and Rossmoor. Edgar also came in second in the City of Garden Grove.
The third Republican candidate, Long Pham, was the top candidate in three cities: Westminster, Garden Grove and Santa Ana. Edgar and Allen came in third and fourth respectively in Westminster and Midway City. But they came in last in Santa Ana. While only 18% of the voters in the Santa Ana portion of the 72nd voted, they could be a deciding factor in November.
Edgar walked the Santa Ana part of the 72nd during his primary campaign. Allen apparently did not do so as he came in last in Santa Ana, of the five candidates on the ballot. However he can certainly do so now.
Of the two remaining candidates, Edgar seems to have the biggest problems. He is coming under attack for voting for tax increases as a Los Alamitos Council Member and for his actions regarding a controversial trash contract awarded to a waste hauler that was not the lowest bidder.
Nguyen wrote that the path to victory goes through Little Saigon, the Democrats, and the independents. He’s right. Allen has some work to do as Edgar has a head start with the Vietnamese voters, as he is already being assisted by former Assemblyman Van Tran’s associates.
I hope that Pham will consider endorsing Allen…and I would encourage the top Democratic candidate, Joe Dovinh, to do the same. Don’t be surprised however if Supervisor Janet Nguyen stays out of this contest. She doesn’t care who else gets elected as long as they stay out of her way.