Charter school proponents in Orange County have suffered a setback today the vote swing in a big way toward Beckie Gomez in the OC Board of Education Area 1 race, as she passed incumbent Robert Hammond in the ballot counting.
Republican Hammond began the week with a 1,864 vote lead, which Democrat Gomez has been whittling away at all week as Democrat-leaning provisionals and other late ballots have been counted. The update posted early this evening now has Gomez in first place by 1,102 votes. That’s a huge jump from yesterday, when Hammond still led by 146 votes:
Between the dwindling number of uncounted ballots and Gomez opening up such a big lead, this race seems to have passed the point of no return.
68th Assembly District
The same can likely be said for AD68, even though Irvine Mayor Steven Choi’s lead over former Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu has decreased by 4 votes to 146. The count has been trending in favor of Choi all week, and a Sidhu-win scenario becomes more unrealistic every day.
The focus has been on Sidhu-Choi, but the way Democrat Sean Jay Panahi’s percentage has steadily increased with each daily update is a clear indication of how heavily the late voting broke for the Democrats.
1st Supervisor District
Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez widened her lead over Supervisor Andrew Do to 2,593 votes:
This race promises to be expensive and brutal.
46th Congressional District
Another day, the same trend: Lou Correa continues increase his percentage, and Bao Nguyen puts more distance between himself and GOPer Bob Peterson.