Leopo: Republicans Take on Election Night

JULIE LEOPO, Voice of OC

Republican candidates Michelle Steel and John Moorlach greet each other at their event before the election results in Newport Beach 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 Democrat and Republican election results watch parties.


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


Republicans gathered at CP Restaurant and Lounge in Newport Beach and witnessed strong showings on local school board and state legislature races. They also secured two strong challenger spots to incumbents heading into November for federal elections in the contested 39th and 48th congressional districts.

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California State Assemblyman Steven Choi leads the GOP watch party crowd in a pledge to allegiance in Newport beach on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

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(Left)Randall Avila, 29, Executive Director for the Republican Party, OC Republican Party Chairman Fred Whitaker and California State Assemblyman Steven Choi refresh their phones to see the delayed election results on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

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The Orange County and State Republican Watch party event in Newport on March 3, 2020. Party goers experienced delayed election results on their phones, prompting confusion.

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Kermit Marsh watches the first set of election results at the Orange County and State Republican watch party event in Newport on March 3, 2020.

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Michelle Steel arrives to the Orange County and state Republican Party event in Newport on March 3, 2020.

Right, OC Supervisor Don Wagner at his watch party in Tustin on Tuesday March 3, 2020.

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The Orange County and State Republican watch party event in Newport on March 3, 2020. Election results were posted on the screens throughout the night.

John Moorlach looks at the results on election night on Tuesday March 3, 2020.

The Orange County and State Republican Watch party event in Newport on March 3, 2020.

The Orange County and State Republican Watch party event in Newport on March 3, 2020.

Michelle Steel speaks at the Orange County and state Republican Party event in Newport on March 3, 2020 before the first round of election results are posted.

Michelle Steel after the first set of election results on election night on Tuesday March 3, 2020.

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OC Republican Party Chairman Fred Whitaker speaks to the attendees of the event in Newport Beach on March 3, 2020.

Don Wagner and his supporters at his watch party in Tustin, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Don Wagner and his supporters at his watch party in Tustin, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

The Orange County and State Republican Watch party event in Newport on March 3, 2020.