It’s got to be one of the toughest emails to send out: the final goodbye to supporters after losing a campaign for political office.
This week, the emails came from local candidates like Beth Krom, Phu Nguyen and Alfredo Amezcua.
And most end the same way.
“You win some …”
That was the subject line from Krom’s final campaign email blast in her bid to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. John Campbell in the 48th Congressional District.
While Krom called her finish with 36.1 percent of the vote a “respectable showing,” telling her supporters that the power of incumbency carried her opponent to victory.
In the race to take over the seat of Republican State Assemblyman Van Tran in the 68th District, it was businessman and Democrat Phu Nguyen who sent out the final email after losing by 12 points to Republican Allan Mansoor.
He asked his supporters to give Mansoor their support, saying, “I believe in the goodness of people, so let’s give him a chance.”
Santa Ana mayoral candidate Alfredo Amezcua (who lost to incumbent Miguel Pulido, 49 percent to 26 percent) ended his note by reminding supporters that he’d continue to take part in community projects.
There’s one candidate who has held off sending out that email: Republican Assemblyman Van Tran, who challenged incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for her 47th District seat.
Sanchez is nearly a full 10 percentage points up on Tran (51 percent to 41 percent), but he’s awaiting final numbers from the county Registrar of Voters before making any announcements.
Tran has said that he’s bullish on the outstanding numbers of absentees and provisional ballots because that’s where Vietnamese voters have typically turned up in large numbers through recent elections.
This week we should find out if Tran’s math works. Or whether he’s got to put together an email of his own.
— NORBERTO SANTANA, JR.