Of the worthless elected in Orange County, AD-74 assembly representative Matt Harper ranks close to the top dating back to the day he insisted on being sworn into the assembly wearing his porkpie hat (he was made to remove it). But if trends continue, we may not have to worry about Harper much longer. Cottie Petrie-Norris has vaulted ahead of Harper in last night’s update. She now leads by 620 votes or a 0.4% advantage.
The bulk of the votes remaining to be counted are anticipated to favor Democrats. The small Petrie-Norris lead confirms earlier discussions that pre-election polling showed Petrie-Norris leading Harper by as much as four points. Petrie-Norris quietly put together an amazing team of volunteers (I’m looking at you Liz McNab!) and ran a positive race; and she’s is benefitting from some of the ground game from the Harley Rouda for Congress campaign as well.
The idea that both Harper and Dana Rohrabacher may be joining each other for a beer at Skosh Monahan’s wondering “what the hell happened on election” is just too sweet for words.
Meanwhile in CD-45, Katie Porter continues to close the gap on Congresswoman Mimi Walters. Porter trials by 4,037 votes or about 2% but is likely to keep making up ground.
Porter’s campaign has lawyers on site at the ROV and she texted us last night to say, “I won’t concede as long as they are counting.”
Democrats did well on election night, adding city council members in Anaheim, Irvine, and Aliso Viejo. The Democratic clubs throughout South County made a real difference, and Region 18 director Deborah Skurnik did a fantastic job of herding cats to help elect Rouda and new Congressman Mike Levin in CD-49.