Election Leapfrogging Puts Bao, Martinez On Top

Councilwoman Michele Martinez (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Councilwoman Michele Martinez (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Votes are still being counted from last week’s election and yesterday’s fresh batch of results moved some pieces around on the election chessboard.


Notably, Garden Grove mayor Bao Nguyen has moved into second place in the race for CD-46 opening up a 578 vote lead over Republican Bob Peterson.  We’ll note it still places Nguyen, who doesn’t live in the District, nearly 22,000 votes behind Lou Correa.  If Nguyen prevails, Correa’s would likely attract votes from even Republicans in the District who don’t want to blank the race in addition to the strong coalition of Democratic voters Correa secured on Primary night.  Nguyen, the only candidate to back Bernie Sanders for president, can rely on crossover support from Joe Dunn’s voters but since there’s such a black mark for candidates who run as “carpetbaggers” in OC, it’s going to be interesting to watch the political gymnastics of politicos who rail against carpetbagging come out for Nguyen.

Some Dunn campaign supporters savaged Nguyen on social media on election day for pushing a “dishonest” election poll showing he had vaulted into second place.  And while they were right abut the small sampling of the poll, Nguyen is proving right on the result.  If Nguyen is the certified second place finisher, this “campaign between friends” moves to a different set of friends and its doubtful that the Dunn progressives will be particularly welcomed in the Nguyen camp (without some significant and apologetic groveling).

Santa Ana council member Michelle Martinez had a much bigger jump and now leads Supervisor Andrew Do by 853 votes.  Pundits point out Garden Grove council member Phat Bui scored about 15% of the vote and that will likely do to Do in the November general election, but Latino voters will be out in force in November to vote against Donald Trump and that’s going to favor Martinez.

Lastly, I’m not sure whether to groan or cheer this news, but Irvine Mayor Steven Choi has a small advantage over former Anaheim council member Harry Sidhu of about 120 votes.  If Choi makes it to the top two, he’s done in Irvine.  And it’s likely FivePoint will push Don Wagner to run as a reluctant candidate.  Sources are telling TheLiberalOC that Wagner views the mayor’s job as a step down and Wagner would have to contend with fellow Republican Gang Chen taking the majority of Irvine’s Chinese-American vote, leaving Democrat Mary Ann Gaido in an excellent spot to capitalize on strong Democratic turnout for Hillary Clinton.  But back to AD-68, Democrat Sean Panahi is just getting stronger, pulling in nearly a third of the vote.

While Republicans do hold a significant voter registration lead in this district, neither Sidhu or Choi are particularly well-liked outside of their home bases and a number of Republicans are digusted with Trump at the top of the ticket and are likely to just stay home this year.  Panahi is not quite the sacrificial lamb others have made him out to be.  Oh, and the Brian “He can win it” Chuchua campaign is second to last with just over 4,000 votes.  Time to stick a fork in the notion Mr. Chuchua is as popular as some bloggers say he is.

  6 comments for “Election Leapfrogging Puts Bao, Martinez On Top

  1. OC DEM
    June 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Lou has to be thanking God for this. Between the carpetbagging, the inexperience and the far left views, he’s going to run away with this.

    Joe Done’s supporters will grovel back to Bao, but boy will he have leverage. As fore Done, look for him to take another lobbying gig, now that he proved he was just another “one hit wonder”.

    Now, Michele has quietly raised excitement in the connected DPOC circles, as she would round out a female BOS, that even Jenifer Muor has said was “employee friendly”, still MIchele has mad some enemies and been roundly criticized. This will be interesting. Especially when Bui’s mystery funder becomes known.

    Sean is the biggest underdog of the season, it is stunning to many that spoilers like Brian Chachua were put up against an endorsed candidate. Not to me. The rubber room activists, still act like this is my 11th grade at Los Alimitos High School.

    • June 15, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Greg Diamond posted an update; apparently, he hasn’t figured out if Peterson is #2 for CD#46 that Republican votes will go to Peterson. If Nguyen is #2, Republican votes will go to Correa. And we certainly know Sean Panahi wasn’t endorsed by the DPOC and given the things Greg wrote about him, Sean should stay far away from Diamond and his track record of backing (for the most part) losers.

  2. Cynthia mae Curran
    June 16, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Well, Trump kind of pushed OC to being more purple. As for Irvine I support some apartment development because Orange County has a lot of housing shortages and is very expensive to live in. Really, The Republicans have kind of blown up with more higher income voters and as OC gets more tech like San Diego he will probably vote less Republican because with the Trump campaign there is an emphasis on oil drilling and old fashion factory work and not tech.

  3. OC DEM
    June 16, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Greg has continued to make disparaging comments about OC politicos. What a moron.

    Of course he recenltly became “unnerved”, because out of the couple million OC residents, he didn’t know someone who was “seemingly knowlegable about politics”!

    What a blowhard.

  4. June 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Greg floats in his own world. Look at the bright side; he’ll do everything he can to help Bao get elected. Watch out Bao!

  5. David Vasquez
    June 16, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I have it on good authority, that Joe Dunn was told point blank:

    “Look at who you surrounded yourself with, what did you expect to happen?”

    This was a clear shot at Diamond and Nelson. There is a strategy to deal with people like Greg who repeatedly torpedo DEM candidates. However, unfortunate, some close to him will be effected and be injured (politically) by the fallout.

    Josh and Sharron especially need to be careful about who they let speak “for” them, on their behalf and in their favor.

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