Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Two Orange County races in Tuesday’s election may hold the key to Democrats holding supermajorities in the Assembly and state Senate.

Republican Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen and Democratic Rancho Santiago Community College District Board President Jose Solorio have battled bitterly for votes in the 34th Senate District, with each side casting aspersions on the other’s ethics.

Fellow Republican Long Pham, who received 15.4 percent of the votes in the June primary, last month announced he would begin an effort to recall Nguyen from the Board of Supervisors. It’s a longshot, as he needs to collect 22,000 valid signatures, but it sparked more finger-pointing between Nguyen and Solorio, a former assemblyman.

Solorio tipped reporters that Pham would confront Nguyen before the Orange County Board of Supervisors, prompting Nguyen’s camp to claim the Republican was working with the Democrat to embarrass Nguyen.

In the June primary, Nguyen trounced Solorio 52.7 percent to 31.9 percent, with Pham picking up the remainder. Solorio, however, noted after the primary that more Democrats come out to vote in the general election and pointed to 2012 as an example of when there was a reversal in the 34th District from Republican to Democratic dominance from the primary to general election.

Nguyen and Solorio are vying to succeed termed-out state Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana.

Orange County’s other legislative race of note is in the 65th Assembly District where incumbent Sharon Quirk-Silva is vying for re-election against former congressional staffer Young Kim.

In the top-two primary, Kim finished first with 54.7 percent of the vote to 45.3 percent for Quirk-Silva, but Democrats have a slight advantage in registration.

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