Former President Barack Obama waded into the once Republican stronghold of Orange County Saturday, throwing his political weight behind first-time Democratic candidates who say they can flip four Republican-held House of Representative districts where voters sided with Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
The crowded field of candidates running for four Orange County Congressional seats narrowed slightly Friday, as several candidates failed to file paperwork by the 5 p.m. deadline for their names to appear on the June 5 primary election ballot.
Four Orange County Congressional Districts that pundits predict will be competitive races in November’s national election fight to control the House of Representatives have been flooded with 32 candidates as Democrats target the Republican-held seats and gear up for the June primary.
There was a time when Republican officials in the “reddest county in America” were not at all shy about deriding our porous borders and condemning those who advocate amnesty for unauthorized immigrants. But their approach has become more nuanced in recent years.
Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva’s campaign strategist declared victory on her behalf Wednesday, saying she will maintain her “decisive lead” over Republican incumbent Young Kim in the race for the 65th state Assembly seat.