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Local Orange County 2022 primary election results: United States Representative

These are the first results posted by the Orange County Registrar of Voters, based on vote-by-mail ballots.

As of this first round, voter turnout is 14% and 253,344 vote-by-mail ballots have been counted. There are 1,809,773 registered voters in the County of Orange.

Orange County Breeze will publish an update tomorrow morning.

40th District

Candidate # %
Greg Raths (R) 12,667 19.73%
Young Kim (R) 20,233 31.51%
Asif Mahmood (D) 30,562 47.59%
Nick Taurus (R) 755 1.18%

45th District

Candidate # %
Long K Pham (R) 5,179 10.28%
Michelle Steel (R) 22,316 44.28%
Jay F. Chen (D) 22,897 45.44%

47th District

Candidate # %
Errol Weber (R) 857 1.24%
Amy Phan West (R) 4,614 6.70%
Katie Porter (D) 40,005 58.07%
Brian Burley (R) 4,836 7.02%
Scott Baugh (R) 18,576 26.97%

About California’s Top-Two or Open Primary

According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters:

A new open primary law took effect in 2012. The “Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act” requires that all candidates for a voter-nominated office be listed on the same ballot. Previously known as partisan offices, voter-nominated offices are state legislative offices, U.S. congressional offices, and state constitutional offices.

This means that a voter could cast his/her vote for any candidate, regardless of what party preference the voter indicated on his/her voter registration form. Only the two candidates receiving the most votes – regardless of party preference – would then go to the General Election ballot, regardless of vote totals. Even if a candidate received a majority of the vote (50 percent + 1), he/she must be in a run-off in the General Election. And, even if there were only two candidates in the open primary, a General Election is still required.