Politics & Elections

Rohrabacher tops field; Nguyen rolls

THE RESULTS from Tuesday’s primary election.

Three incumbents did well but in Tuesday’s primary election in districts serving the Garden Grove-Huntington Beach-Westminster area, but Dana Rohrabacher – the 24-year veteran of Congress – was polling less than a third of the votes in his bid for re-election.

The following figures from the Orange County Registrar of Voters were as of 3 a.m. Wednesday, with all precinct votes tallied. However, not all vote-by-mail and provisional ballots had been counted.

In each race, the top two finishers will meet in the general election in November.

  • In the 46th Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Lou Correa placed first with 23,079 votes (59.7 percent). His opponent will be Republican Russell Lambert with 13,605 votes (35.2 percent).
  • In the 47th Congressional District– which spans from Long Beach to Garden Grove – incumbent Democrat Alan Lowenthal had 40,792 votes to 15,086 for Republican John Briscoe.
  • In the 49th Congressional District, incumbent Republican Rohrabacher was at the top with 31,886 votes (30.3 percent) in a very large field. In second was Democrat Harley Rouda with 18,182 votes (17.3 percent), followed by Democrat Hans Keirstead with 18,109 votes (17.2 percent) and Republican Scott Baugh with 16,963 (16.1 percent).
  • In the 34th State Senate District, incumbent Republican Janet Nguyen topped the field with 43,456 votes (59.5 percent) over Democrat Tom Umberg’s 19,421 votes (26.6 percent).
  • In the 72nd Assembly District, which has no incumbent, Democrat Josh Lowenthal polled 20,761 votes (36.8 percent), compared to Westminster city councilman Tyler Diep, a Republican, with 16,683 votes (29.6 percent) and Republican Greg Haskin with 11,512 votes (20.4 percent).
  • Measure E, a proposal to change the term of office for mayor of Westminster from two years to four, was ahead with 4,701 votes (52 percent) in favor and 4,343 votes (48 percent) against.
  • Proposition 68, the statewide Natural Resources Bond that could provide funding for local parks, was ahead across California with 2,090,466 votes (56.1 percent) in favor and 1,635,108 votes (43.9 percent) against, according to the California Secretary of State.

The first results from Tuesday’s state primary elections show two West Orange County incumbents sailing smoothly and two perhaps in tight struggles.

In California, the top two finishers in each contest will advance to the general election in November, regardless of party.

Here are early tallies for races of interest to Garden Grove, Huntington Beach and Westminster.

According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, U.S. Rep. Lou Correa (D-46th District) was polling 59.7 percent, while State Senator Janet Nguyen (R-34th) had 63.3 percent.

Involved in a tighter race was Alan Lowenthal (D-47th), who was getting just 50.2 percent, but those numbers only include the Orange County portion of the district, which also takes in a portion of Long Beach.

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-46th) was leading a large field with 29.7 percent of the vote, trailed by Democrat Hans Keirstead with 18.7 percent. Scott Baugh (Republican) was a close third with 18 percent of the vote.

In the 72nd State Assembly District, Democrat Josh Lowenthal had a small lead over Republican Tyler Diep. Lowenthal was getting 10,624 votes (34.1 percent) and Diep, a Westminster city councilman and Republican, had 10,3366 votes (32.2 percent).

Measure E, which would change the term of the Westminster mayor from two to four years, was in the lead with 3,186 (57.8 percent) in favor and 2,324 (42.2 percent) opposed.

Results will be updated throughout the night and into the morning.

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