Politics & Elections

Foley keeps lead over Moorlach

KATRINA FOLEY is in the lead in Tuesday’s special election for the Second District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors (Shutterstock).

UPDATE:   As of 5 p.m. today (Wednesday), Katrina Foley, mayor of Costa Mesa, continues to lead in the special election to fill the vacant Second District on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

According to the county registrar of voters, Foley is in first with 45,693 votes (43.72 percent), followed by principal rival, John Moorlach, with 32,856 votes (31.44). Moorlach has conceded, according to the Voice of OC website.

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UPDATE:  Katrina Foley, Costa Mesa’s mayor, continued to maintain her lead Wednesday morning in the special election to fill the vacant Second District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

As of 10:30 a.m., she had garnered 42,347 votes (44.28 percent). In second is John Moorlach with 28,628 votes (30.98 percent), followed by Kevin Muldoon with 10,745 votes (11.24 percent), Michael Vo with 8,639 votes (9.03 percent) and Janet Rappaport with 4,266 votes (4.46 percent).

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Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, a Democrat, has taken a strong lead in early results in Tuesday’s special election to fill the vacant post of Orange County Supervisor for the Second District.

Foley is in first with 41,582 votes (45.12 percent), followed by John Moorlach with 27,971 votes (30.35 percent), Kevin Muldoon with 10,139 votes (11 percent), Michael Vo with 8,255 votes (8.96 percent) and Janet Rappaport with 4,210 votes (4.57 percent).

All of Foley’s rivals – except for Rappaport – are Republicans. If her lead holds up, she will accomplish what the county GOP organization feared, which is that multiple candidates of that party would split the vote, allowing the one well-known Democrat to win.

Moorlach, a former county supervisor, was the official Republican candidate, but Vo (mayor of Fountain Valley) and Kevin Muldoon (Newport Beach City councilmember) are also members of that party.

Although the supervisorial seat is technically non-partisan, political affiliation often plays a part. Republicans have an edge in voter registration for the district, which starts in the far west of the county then turns south along the coast, including Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.

Whoever ends up winning when all the votes are counted will replace Michelle Steel, who was elected in November to the 48th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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