Election night coverage

I spent part of the evening over at Mike McGill’s election night party, in Cypress. The event was very well attended, and McGill was gracious and humble – and he was right behind Jim Silva, in their contest for the 67th Assembly District, with RINO Dianne Harman running a distant third. Regardless of whether or not McGill sinks Silva, he has quickly become one of the most engaging conservative Republicans in the OC and he will be someone to contend with for years to come.

The big surprise of the evening is Rosie Avila’s apparent failure to energize Republican voters in the 47th Congressional District. Tan Nguyen, her primary opponent, was a Democrat candidate for the House of Represenatives just two years ago, but he spent over $300,000 on his race, hired past OC GOP Chair Tom Fuentes, and according to insiders he focused on Vietnamese voters in a huge way, including advertising in all kinds of Vietnamese media. Avila also failed to attack him for switching parties.

The other shocker tonight was Jose Solorio’s apparent victory over the hated Claudia Alvarez, in the Democrat primary for the 69th Assembly District. It wasn’t close – Solorio utterly wiped out Alvarez, much to the relief of Democrat activists in the OC. I feel bad for Armando de la Libertad. He gave it a good shot, but hopefully he will run for the Santa Ana City Council and make use of his increased name I.D.

In the GOP primary for the 34th Senate District, RINO Lynn Daucher spent about a half a million dollars and as such was leading her conservative opponent, Lupe Moreno, by a wide margin. Moreno however paid a lot less per vote than Daucher – who will be facing Lou Correa. Good luck Daucher – Correa wiped out his Democrat opponent, liberal Tom Umberg. He will surely thrash Daucher in the general. Even worse news for her – Measure A, which prohibits abusive eminent domain at the county level, is passing by a huge margin. Daucher has always supported misuse of eminent domain – while Correa is against that. She will surely pay for this stance in the general.

The unions took it hard tonight. Their supervisorial candidates, Rosie Espinoza and Dave Shawver, got trashed by Chris Norby and John Moorlach, and the latter’s pick for Treasurer, Chriss Street, prevailed over his opponent as well. And Pat Bates looks like she might defeat Cathryn Deyoung as well.

In my Central Committee race I look to be right behind the incumbents, with just a few more votes than Ryan Gene Williams, who is looking forward to running against Solorio for the 69th Assembly District. My counterpart in the Democrat Party, Claudio Gallegos, is one of the top candidates for his Central Committee.

Finally, OC Sheriff Mike Carona is slipping as the votes come in. He is barely over 52%. I hope that Bill Hunt will force him into a runoff. And I should note that Prop. 82 is also sinking! Take that Paul Walters!

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