The GOP has long held the lion’s share of registered voters in Orange County, but, as in all of California, that number is declining. The OC is now 41% red, 31% blue, with the number of unaffiliated voters rising to just over 22%. There are a number of key issues and races for Orange County voters on this year’s ballot.
The highly contested Anaheim City Council race has racked up nearly $1 million in campaign expenditures, much of it funded by political action committees representing labor and business interests. Disney alone has reportedly funneled nearly $190,000 to PACs supporting their favored candidates, Steve Chavez Lodge and Jordan Brandman.
Tomorrow will bring to a finish hotly contested races in Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Irvine as well. We’ll take a peek behind the Orange polling booth curtain with our OC roundtable journalists.
Norberto Santana, Editor-in-Chief of the Voice of OC, a non-profit investigative news agency that covers Orange County government and politics
Julie Gallego, government & politics editor, Orange County Register