Politics & Elections

The election’s not over, but ….

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As ballots continue to be counted today (Wednesday), most of the candidates for West Orange County offices who had a lead on Tuesday night appear to be building on their advantage.

Additionally, California races for the House of Representatives are being closely watched nationally because they are considered likely to affect the size of the expected Republican majority in the lower house of Congress.

In the 45th Congressional District, Republican Michelle Steel of Seal Beach has a substantial lead over Democrat Jay Chen of Hacienda Heights by 55.3 percent to 44.7 percent with 46 percent of ballots counted.

Republican Janet Nguyen, a state Assembly member, appears to be moving up to the state Senate as she’s leading Democrat Kim Carr by 59 percent to 41 percent for the 36th District post.

In the 70th Assembly District Republican Tri Ta, mayor of Westminster is leading Democratic Garden Grove City Councilmember Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen by 55.6 percent to 44.4 percent.

At the county level, Garden Grove Councilmember Kim Bernice Nguyen is holding a slim – 176 votes – edge over Santa Ana’s Mayor Vicente Sarmiento.

Among West Orange County city council races, the only competitive elections appears to be in Westminster District 1 where Amy Phan is leading John Gentile by around 70 votes, and in Garden Grove’s District 4 where Joe DoVinh has a 385-vote edge over Duy Nguyen.

But none of this is official and final. As the Orange County Registrar of Voters reminds us, about 292,935 ballots was still to be processed as of mid-day, including 129,177 vote by mail ballots to be tabulated.

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