Voters in Orange County, California, have weighed in on the 2020 general election.
Here are some of the latest, unofficial election results provided by the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
According to the registrar, 1,288,161 ballots have been counted so far, including 259,537 vote center ballots and 1,028,673 vote-by-mail ballots. The registrar states that 100 percent of the precincts have fully reported. Though all early voting ballots have been completed, vote-by-mail ballots have only been “partially reported.”
There are 1,771,377 registered voters in the county. According to the registrar, voter turnout was 72.7 percent.
The registrar had previously reported that Orange County residents had returned 1,087,572 vote-by-mail ballots by Nov. 2. Of those, around 39 percent were returned by residents registered as Democrats, while about 35 percent were returned by registered Republicans. Those without a party preference had returned nearly 22 percent of the ballots so far.
Of the 1,771,377 people currently registered to vote in Orange County, approximately 37 percent are registered as Democrats, about 34 percent are registered Republicans, and around 24 percent listed no party preference.
In the vote for president in Orange County, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump, a Republican. The former vice president had received 686,230 votes, just over 54 percent, while Trump had received 560,733 votes, or just over 44 percent.
State Ballot Measures
There were nine statewide propositions on the ballot.
California voters approved Proposition 22, which will classify app-based drivers as independent contractors. With 99 percent of state precincts partially reporting according to the Secretary of State’s official election website, or more than 11.4 million votes, Proposition 22 was leading 58.4 percent to 41.6 percent.
In Orange County, voters were on their way to approving the proposition, with around 66 percent in favor and nearly 34 percent opposed.
However, county voters are on their way to rejecting Proposition 15, which would require commercial and industrial properties to be taxed based on market value instead of purchase price. Nearly 61 percent of county voters opposed the proposition, with just over 39 percent in favor.
Statewide, the proposition was also on its way to failing, with 51.6 percent of voters opposing Proposition 15 and 48.4 percent approving.
Proposition 16 would have repealed Proposition 209, which says that the state cannot discriminate or grant preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, education, or contracting. Orange County voters are opposing the measure, with 65 percent rejecting it while 35 percent voted in favor.
Statewide voters agreed, with 56 percent voting against the measure and 44 percent approving so far.
House of Representatives
In the 48th District, Republican challenger Michelle Steel is holding on to a slim lead over incumbent Democrat Harley Rouda. Steel had received 169,179 votes, or 50.2 percent, with Rouda receiving 167,229, or 49.7 percent. The district includes Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Laguna Niguel.
In the 45th District, incumbent Katie Porter, a Democrat, held a more than 30,000 vote lead over her challenger, Republican Greg Raths. Porter had received just over 54 percent of the vote, with Raths receiving just under 46 percent. The district includes Irvine, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Rancho Santa Margarita.
In north Orange County’s 39th District, Republican challenger Young Kim, with 95,747 votes or just over 52 percent, is looking to unseat incumbent Democrat Gil Cisneros, who has received 87,273 votes or just under 48 percent.
In south Orange County’s 49th District, Democratic incumbent Mike Levin is trailing Republican challenger Bryan Maryott. Maryott has received nearly 55 percent of the vote to Levin’s 45 percent in the county. However, the district straddles western San Diego County as well, and the combined vote indicates Levin is leading Maryott by 53 percent to 47 percent when both counties’ votes are combined.
Two seats in the state Senate were up for grabs in Orange County.
In the 29th District, in inland Orange County, Democratic challenger Josh Newman, with 131,425 votes or 51.3 percent, leads Republican incumbent Ling Ling Chang, with 124,716 votes, or 48.7 percent.
In the 37th District, Democratic challenger Dave Min, with nearly 52 percent or 232,651 votes, leads incumbent Republican John Moorlach, with just over 48 percent or 215,387 votes. The district includes Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch, Irvine, Orange, Villa Park, and Anaheim Hills
There were six seats in Orange County contested for the state Assembly.
In the 65th District, Democratic incumbent Sharon Quirk-Silva was leading Republican Cynthia Thacker, 58 percent to 42 percent.
In the the 68th District, Republican incumbent Steven Choi, with just over 52 percent, leads Democrat Melissa Fox, with just under 48 percent.
In the 69th District, Democratic incumbent Tom Daly, with 72.3 percent of the vote, leads Republican Jon Paul White, with 27.7 percent.
In the 72nd District, Republican incumbent Janet Nguyen leads Democrat Diedre Nguyen, with 53.6 percent of the vote to the challenger’s 46.4 percent.
In 73rd District, Republican challenger Laurie Davies, the mayor of Laguna Niguel, is leading Democrat Scott Rhinehart for the seat vacated by Bill Brough, the incumbent who was outvoted in the primary. Davies has just over 57 percent of the vote to Rhinehart’s nearly 43 percent.The winner will represent San Clemente, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Coto De Caza, Trabuco Canyon, and Mission Viejo in Sacramento.
In the 74th District, incumbent Democrat Cottie Petrie-Norris, with about 51.5 percent of the vote, leads Republican Diane Dixon, with around 48.5 percent.
The 55th District straddles Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino counties. Incumbent Republican Phillip Chen, with 58.6 percent of the vote, leads Democratic challenger Andrew Rodriguez, with 41.4 percent.
In the race for the First District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Republican incumbent Andrew Do, with 86,293 votes or 52.7 percent, leads Democratic challenger Sergio Contreras, with 77,429 votes or 47.3 percent.
For a complete list and the latest updates, refer to https://www.ocvote.com/results/current-election-results.