With ballot-counting still continuing, embattled Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, appeared headed for defeat Wednesday.

Brough, who was rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by multiple women, including Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, was in fourth place with 17.8% of the vote in Tuesday’s primary in his bid for a fourth term representing the 73rd Assembly District.

Brough was ahead of only Mission Viejo City Councilman Ed Sachs, who had 14.2%, according to updated results released Wednesday by the Orange County Registrar of Voters

Laguna Niguel Mayor Laurie Davies, who was endorsed by the Orange County Republican Party after it rescinded an endorsement of Brough, led with 27.76%, and appeared to be heading into the November general election against Democrat Scott Rhinehart, a business services director.

Rhinehart was in second with 21.91%. He lost to Brough in the 2018 general election.

“It is an honor to serve in the Legislature,” Brough told City News Service. “I always fight for what I believe is best for our community. I look forward to the next chapter of my life.”

Brough has denied the misconduct allegations.

There are 134,155 votes left to count, according to Orange County Registar of Voter Neal Kelley’s office. The county has 1.6 million registered voters and officials say 509,160 ballots were cast. It was unclear how many of those remaining votes come from the 73rd Assembly District.

In other races, Republican Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner is heading for another term, leading Democratic challenger Ashleigh Aitken 54.2%-45.8%, in the nonpartisan race for the Third District seat.

First District Supervisor Andrew Do was leading in his reelection bid with 44.74%. He will have to face a November runoff, against either Westminster City Councilman Sergio Contreras, who had 20.59%, or termed-out Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, with 19.77%.

Just 514 votes separated Contreras and Pulido as of Wednesday afternoon. Garden Grove City Councilwoman Kim Nguyen is in last with 14.9%.

Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, led the pack in his 37th Senate District reelection effort. Moorlach had 49.74% of the vote, with UC Irvine law professor Dave Min at 25.81% and Costa Mesa Katrina Foley at 24.45%. Min leads Foley by 2,333 votes, leaving it unclear which one will challenge Moorlach in November.

Sen. Ling Ling Chang, R-Brea, captured 49.78% of the vote in the 29th Senate District, setting up a runoff with former state Sen. Josh Newman, who was recalled in 2018 with Chang winning the race to replace him.

Democrats appear to have been shut out in the 72nd Assembly District with former state Sen. Janet Nguyen, a Republican, leading the field with 34.97% with Republican Assemblyman Tyler Diep second with 26.4%.

Diep has angered some Republican leaders, who complained he has sided with Democrats too often. Democrats Diedre Nguyen and Bijan Mohseni trail with 23.84% and 14.79% respectively.

Irvine City Councilwoman Melissa Fox appears headed to the general election to face Assemblyman Steven Choi, R-Irvine, in the 68th District. Fox was in second with 32.1%, leading fellow Democrat Eugene Fields, who is in third with 12.7%. Choi leads the four-candidate race with 45.46% of the vote.

Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon led fellow Republican Kelly Ernby, 26.83%-23.68% in the race for second behind Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, D-Laguna Beach, in the 74th Assembly District. Petrie-Norris leads the three-candidate field with 49.49%.

Kelley said voting in Orange County went relatively smoothly — in sharp contrast to the glitches that led to hours-long lines at some vote centers in Los Angeles County.

“I’m really proud of where we ended up with a launch of a whole new way of voting and, overall, it’s worked really well,” Kelley said.

The longest Orange County lines popped up at Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine, where “all of the students showed up in droves,” Kelley said.

A couple of power outages at UCI delayed voting there Tuesday night, Kelley said. But university officials helped restore power before Kelley had to use back-up power generators.

“We were able to process every single voter up till 10:15 p.m.,” Kelley said.

There were no issues with the voting devices either, Kelley said.

Turnout was projected to ultimately be in the high 40s, up from 42% in 2018 and possibly matching 49% in 2016. In 2012, turnout was 26%.

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