With all of the votes in Orange County nearly counted Thursday, Democratic and Republican leaders claimed victories.
Rep. Katie Porter, D-Irvine, who declared victory Wednesday night, added to her lead after Thursday’s tally, prompting The Associated Press to call the race for her over Scott Baugh, a former Orange County Republican Party chairman and assemblyman.
Porter’s 6,920-vote lead on Wednesday increased to 8,250 after Thursday’s count. Porter is leading 51.59% to 48.41% in the 47th Congressional District. All the congressional incumbents in Orange County were reelected.
Rep. Mike Levin, D-Dana Point, declared victory Wednesday night over Republican Brian Maryott, who issued a statement on Thursday, thanking his supporters and conceding, “we will fall short of running this race for Congress.”
Orange County Republican Party Chairman Fred Whitaker issued a statement saying Baugh and Maryott “ran incredible campaigns that came down to the wire as some of the last races called in the nation… I could not be prouder of the races they ran, forcing (President) Joe Biden to come to Orange County twice and costing national Democrats millions to protect these seats.”
Whitaker touted how Republicans fared in nonpartisan city council races.
“Republicans swept critical city councils in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Brea, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Hills, Tustin and Yorba Linda. We also protected our council majorities in Laguna Niguel, Orange and San Clemente,” Whitaker said.
Orange County Democratic Party Chairwoman Ada Briceno said her party also flipped many seats in local races.
“We took a seat in La Palma, took a seat from them in Cypress,” Briceno said. “We have a majority in Stanton and took a seat from them in Irvine, where now it’s 4-1 (for Democrats).”
Briceno also noted that Democrat Ashleigh Aitken flipped the mayoral seat in Anaheim.
The biggest plum for Democrats was winning a majority on the Orange County Board of Supervisors for the first time since the 1970s, Briceno said.
Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley declared victory Wednesday in the Fifth District race.
Foley’s lead over Republican state Sen. Patricia Bates, a former supervisor, increased from 4,600 on Wednesday to 5,375 on Thursday, 51.21%-48.79%.
“It’s statistically impossible” for Bates to catch up, Foley told City News Service on Wednesday. “She’d have to get 70% of the vote, which she hasn’t gotten in any drop.”
Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Doug Chaffee defeated fellow Democrat Sunny Park, the mayor of Buena Park, leading 55.50%-44.50%, in the 4th District.
Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento saw his 2,912-vote lead over Garden Grove City Councilwoman Kim Bernice Nguyen increase to 2,978 on Thursday in the 2nd District race. Sarmiento leads 51.60%-48.40%.