As the untold votes dwindle, there may only be one OC supervisor race left unsettled — the Orange County Register

Two of Orange County’s supervisor races on the Nov. 8 vote are swaying by less than a percentage point between candidates, but as the OC voter relinquishes untold ballots, it looks like the gap may be too big, to close them at least one of these races.

Supervisor Katrina Foley — who won office in District 2 in a 2021 special election but ran in District 5 after the redrawing of boundaries — seemed well placed to defeat Senator Pat Bates in the new Coastal and South District. Foley had a lead of several thousand votes, but less than 51%, in a results update released Tuesday night.

In the new District 2, Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento on Tuesday led Garden Grove Council member Kim Bernice Nguyen by about 1,500 votes – but more than 100,000 ballots from across the county are still being tallied, meaning there are might be too early to call.

District 4 Overseer Doug Chaffee, who held the third seat ahead of voters last week, appears to have completed his re-election. As of Tuesday night, Chaffee was more than 10,000 votes ahead of his opponent, Buena Park Mayor Sunny Park.

While the regulators’ seats are technically bipartisan, the county’s Democratic and Republican party organizations contest them, support candidates, and allocate funds to support them. Democrats dueled in the District 2 and 4 races, but if Foley beats Republican Bates, it will be the first time Democrats have a board majority in decades.

Fred Smoller, a professor of political science at Chapman University, said a Democratic majority on the board is symbolically significant – Orange County was considered Republican territory for years – but he predicted there would be “no fundamental change” in terms of politics .

Bob Page, the OC’s voter registrar, provides daily vote counts. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, its website said more than 116,000 ballots from across the county were still being processed. (Some of the final votes to be tallied were ballots dropped off at voting centers or mailed on Election Day.)

Foley said she expects there would be more definitive information about her competition after Wednesday’s update.

If she ultimately wins, she said, “I will continue to focus on issues that are brought to my attention by residents and constituents and just try to find solutions to community concerns,” including homelessness, neighborhood safety and the creation of a climate protection plan for the district.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/15/as-uncounted-votes-dwindle-just-one-oc-supervisor-race-may-remain-unsettled/ As the untold votes dwindle, there may only be one OC supervisor race left unsettled — the Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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