Leopo: Democrats Take on Election Night

Ada Briceñ​o, the Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, speaks to supporters after the first round of election results on March 3, 2020.

Julie Leopo

An enterprising and award-winning photojournalist in Orange County and beyond. Leopo, as Voice of OC’s Director of Photography, has captured a wide array of photographs visually documenting the news and soul of Orange County local government and community. Her work has also appeared in Vice, KCET, Ed Source, The California Endowment and OC Weekly.

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I ventured out on Election Night to Republican and Democrat election results watch parties.


CLICK HERE to see a photo essay of the Republican watch party on election night.


Democrats gathered at building in Anaheim owned by candidate Andy Thorburn and witnessed all congressional incumbents secure top vote spots along with a series of strong challenges for seats in the state legislature. Democrats lost a bid to put a majority on the county school board and looked to have come up short on another bid to win a Third District County Supervisors’ seat. They also saw two strong Democratic challengers set up a November run-off against a Republican incumbent in the fall.

Supporters at the Democratic watch party after the first round of election results on March 3, 2020.

Democrat Andy Thorburn, speaks to supporters at the Democratic Party of Orange County headquarters on March 4, 2020.

Democrat Andy Thorburn, speaks to supporters at the Democratic Party of Orange County headquarters on March 4, 2020.

Incumbent Democrat board member Rebecca “Beckie” Gomez, speaks to supporters at the Democratic Party of Orange County headquarters.

Garden Grove City Council member, Diedre Nguyen speaks to supporters at the Democratic Party of Orange County headquarters.

Garden Grove City Council member, Diedre Nguyen speaks to supporters at the Democratic Party of Orange County headquarters.

Scott Rhinehart who us running to represent the 73rd Assembly District, speaks to supporters speaks to supporters at the Democratic Party of Orange County headquarters.

OC Fair Board member Ashleigh Aitken, who is running for 3rd District county supervisor, speaks to supporters at the Democratic Party of Orange County headquarters.

OC Fair Board member Ashleigh Aitken, who is running for 3rd District county supervisor, speaks to supporters at the Democratic Party of Orange County headquarters.

Ada Briceñ​o, the Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, speaks to supporters after the first round of election results on March 3, 2020.

JULIE LEOPO, Voice of OC

Ada Briceñ​o, the Chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, speaks to supporters after the first round of election results on March 3, 2020.

The Democratic Party of Orange County event in Anaheim on super Tuesday on March 3, 2020.

The Democratic Party of Orange County event in Anaheim on super Tuesday on March 3, 2020.

The Democratic Party of Orange County event in Anaheim on super Tuesday on March 3, 2020.

Middle, Santiago Montes, 7, and his mother Veronica Chavez, 37, during the candidates speeches at the Democratic Party of Orange County headquarters.