Latest Tally Brings Big Changes in Several OC Races

There were some big swings in yesterday’s elections tally update from the OC Registrar of Voters, coming from vote-by-mail ballots returned at the polls.

1st Supervisor District
In the 1st Supervisor District, Santa Ana Michele went from trailing Supervisor Andrew Do by 836 votes to leading him by 853 votes – a swing of 1,689:

 

46th Congressional District
As expected by a number of observers, late ballots are helping Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen edging Republican Bob Peterson to move into the second-spot behind Lou Correa:

This trend will likely continue, giving Orange County its first Democrat v. Democrat top-two November general election.  This would present another challenge for Supervisor Andrew Do, whose 1st Supervisor District overlaps CD46, to deal with in his re-election campaign. Correa is going to win either way, but he could phone it in in a contest with Peterson. Against Nguyen, Correa will have to mount a more vigorous voters turn-out operation – and most of those voters will likely cast ballots for Martinez for supervisor.

68th Assembly District
Another big swing from yesterday’s count: Irvine Mayor Steven Choi went from being 608 votes behind former Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu to opening up a slight lead of 32 votes:

According to sources, most of the ballots counted today will be from Anaheim and some Irvine ballots. We should have a clearer picture of who the winner is by tomorrow evening’s update.

Still left to count:

4,038 vote-by-mail ballots returned at the polls.

61,370 provisionals ballots.

11,200 election day paper ballots.

10,828 eligible vote-by-mail ballots received after Election Day.

OC Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley estimates all ballots will be counted by the middle of next week.

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