The vote counts and percentages were released by the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
UPDATE: Please see the comments for a correction, noting that the tally reported here does not include votes from the larger portion of Congressional District 47, in Los Angeles County.
UPDATE 2: Mr. Shimpock has written to demand that Orange County Breeze take down this article as misleading in its premise. As a policy, we do not take down articles but correct them. I have now corrected my initial error several times over. Mr. Shimpock continues to be dissatisfied.
A funny thing happened in the ongoing vote tally for the 47th Congressional District.
Yesterday, Alan Lowenthal was the biggest vote-getter, followed by Gary DeLong. Steve Kuykendall came in third.
That tentative result had Lowenthal campaign consultant Mike Shimpock crowing in a premature email:
Alan Lowenthal rolled to victory in the newly drawn 47th Congressional district.
In a record low turnout of 17%, which favored Republicans across the state, Lowenthal still managed to lead the field by a decisive five point margin with 34% of the vote in a field of eight candidates. Nearly 60% of the vote came from Los Angeles County, where Lowenthal dominated with 42% of the vote.
“If the Republicans can’t even put up good numbers in a low turnout scenario like this, there is no stopping Alan Lowenthal in November,” said Mike Shimpock, Lowenthal’s campaign consultant. “With an elevated turnout in November, a solid registration and Democratic performance advantage, and Alan’s ability to attract crossover votes, he is the clear frontrunner going into the general election.”
The newly-drawn 47th has an eleven point Democratic registration advantage, and gave President Obama an eighteen point margin in 2008. It stretches from Long Beach into Orange County in Southern California.
That last gratuitous sentence surely rankles Orange County conservatives unwillingly lumped into a district drawn to make it easy for a Democrat to win walking away.
As of the 5 p.m. tally tonight, Republican Gary DeLong had leapfrogged Democrat Alan Lowenthal:
- Gary DeLong – 9,246 (31.3%)
- Alan Lowenthal – 7,041 (23.8%)
- Steven T. Kuykendall – 3,580 (12.1%)
There appears to be no danger of Lowenthal slipping to third, but Shimpock might wait a bit longer to crow in November.
Courtesy photo of Gary DeLong.
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