Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Election Results - 100% of Precincts Reporting


WEE HOURS FINALE
At 2 a.m. Wednesday morning the Registrar of Voters provided the following numbers, which represent 100% of the precincts counted. With the exception of some straggling numbers, this is how these races will look when finally certified.

INCUMBENTS (SORT OF) PREVAIL IN COSTA MESA
With 74 of 74 precincts counted, it looks like former councilman and Mayor, Gary Monahan will return to the municipal trough and, undoubtedly, will begin lobbying again for a directly elected mayor. Katrina Foley finished a strong second in balloting, outpacing Eric Bever by almost 600 votes. Jim Righeimer, despite lots of GOP money (and my support, too) finished a distant 4th, losing ground throughout the count and finishing well behind Bever. Lisa Reedy and Chris McEvoy, despite running bare bones campaigns, finished unexpectedly high in the final results. Despite campaigning hard, Bill Sneen finished 7th. Chris Bunyan garnered more votes than in his previous run and didn't finish last this time... thank goodness for Nick Moss.


INCUMBENTS WIN IN NEWPORT BEACH, TOO
It looks like Jack Croul's money didn't help. Steve Rosansky and Keith Curry won their seats back by 10 point margins, defeating Gloria Alkire and Dolores Otting, respectively.


ROHRABACHER, AGAIN

Despite all the hoopla about Dana Rohrabacher having to really push himself this time around, Debbie Cook fell well short of her goal of knocking off the perpetual representative. The 10 point margin is what the Daily Pilot predicted. Maybe Righeimer should have devoted less time to this campaign and more to his own...


CAMPBELL REMAINS IN OFFICE
Democrat Steve Young failed miserably in his attempt to defeat Republican John Campbell.


HARMAN AN EASY VICTOR
Republican State Senator Tom Harman easily defeated Democrat Ginny Mayer by a whopping 17 points.


VAN TRAN NOSES OUT ARNOLD
Republican Van Tran nosed out Democrat Ken Arnold by 5 points to hold his Assembly seat.


DEVORE WHIPS GLOVER

Republican Chuck Devore handily dispatched challenger Democrat Micheal George Glover with a 15 point margin.

WOULDA, COULDA, SHOULDA
Now the second-guessing will begin. Every candidate that didn't make it will go through all kinds of self-assessment, trying to figure out just how they could have done better. Some will look for someone else to blame, or complain that they were just out-spent. After all is said and done, regardless whether they were victorious or not, every one of the candidates on these lists deserve our gratitude for being willing to spend their time and money in an attempt to represent us in their various elected jobs. Thanks to them all for their efforts.


NEWPORT-MESA STILL REPUBLICAN COUNTRY

Looking at the results above and many others on the Registrar of Voters web site, it's clear that, even in light of Barack Obama's overwhelming victory last night, Orange County - and our little slice of it here in the Newport-Mesa - is still very much Republican territory.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous rob dickson said...

I am very disappointed that Righeimer did not win a seat, but he had a very tough battle against the name recognition and popularity of the incumbents. I am glad that Eric Bever retained his seat on the dais, and hopefully Gary Monahan will add to our influence at the OCTA table on the 55 matter.

You're right, Geoff, we owe each candidate a sincere thanks for their dedication and efforts on behalf of our great city. I hope the next few years will be good ones for us.

Finally, thanks to you for keeping us informed and for being such a thorough, diligent and entertaining source of information and opinion throughout this campaign and election.

11/05/2008 10:44:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Rob, you're too kind. After all, I'm just a guy who sits in his darkened room in his crusty BVDs, wearing his tin foil hat with rabbit-ear antennae - according to some. :-)

It was an interesting election, for sure. Now the "improvers" have a Supermajority - virtually unblockable authority to do anything they want. They could, for example, oust all the sitting commissioners on Planning and Parks and re-shuffle the deck to gain even more of an advantage. No one could stop them.

This will require even more diligence on the part of those of us who watch these things, to be sure the residents of this city at least get a little peck on the cheek before... well, you know...

11/05/2008 11:39:00 AM  

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