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Local Orange County 2022 primary election results: State Senator

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.

34th District

Candidate # %
Tom Umberg (D) 21,851 61.88%
Rhonda Shader (R) 13,463 38.12%

36th District

Candidate # %
Janet Nguyen (R) 44,548

Kim Carr (D) 42,675 48.93%

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.