In OC state Senate election, incumbents retain lead while SD-38 is a close race – Orange County Register

After more rounds of voting on Tuesday and Wednesday, incumbent Orange County senators still appeared to be leading their GOP opponents.

In Southern California, however, the vote count is still ongoing. Stay tuned to the Register’s website – for more updates over the next few days.

Also note: Each Orange County Senate seat includes portions of at least one other county. Counties may differ in when they release election results.

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According to Wednesday night’s balance sheets, Democratic Sen. Tom Umberg maintained his early lead over Placentia Mayor Rhonda Shader, who is a Republican, in the contest for the 34th Senate district.

Umberg defeated Shader in the primary — where they were the only two candidates vying for the seat, which covers parts of Orange and Los Angeles counties. It is a diverse district representing nearly 1 million residents in La Habra, Buena Park, Fullerton, Anaheim and Santa Ana. And it leans solidly blue, giving Umberg a huge advantage in voting.

And incumbent Senator Bob Archuleta appears poised to defeat Republican challenger Mitchell Clemmons in the race for the 30th Senate district.

Located in central Los Angeles County, the district touches the communities of Pico Rivera, Downey, Norwalk, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, and Whittier, but also drops off at Brea in Orange County. Voter registration data suggests that SD 30 is a deep blue, with 49.4% of the district’s voters registering as Democrats versus 21% registering as Republicans and 23.4% not favoring any political party.

Republican Rep. Janet Nguyen also maintained her early lead over Democratic Huntington Beach Councilwoman Kim Carr in the 36th Senate district on the coast. This district includes Orange and Los Angeles counties, from Cerritos down to Cypress and Seal Beach and then stretches along the coast to San Clemente. It narrowly slopes red.

In the race for the 38th Senate district, Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear and GOP businessman Matt Gunderson were locked in a close fight Wednesday night. Blakespear, a Democrat, had a narrow lead over Gunderson after more election results came in on Wednesday. The seat is primarily in deep blue coastal San Diego County, but also includes red-sloped Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and San Juan Capistrano in Orange County.

Finally, GOP Rep. Kelly Seyarto is holding on to his lead over Democrat Brian Nash in the 32nd Senate district, which touches parts of Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties.

After the results were updated Wednesday, the OC Voter Register estimated that more than 404,000 ballots remained to be processed. Most were mail-in ballots that were picked up from Dropbox or dropped off at polling centers on the final day of the election. Vote counts will be updated again on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

Staff writer Alicia Robinson contributed to this report. In OC state Senate election, incumbents retain lead while SD-38 is a close race – Orange County Register

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