Election 2010: Moxley Watches The OC Republicans

Tran: Not time to concede.
Tran: Not time to concede.
Jonathan Ho / OC Weekly
1:00 a.m.: Van Tran Remains Hopeful
Inside the converted Garden Grove Blockbuster store, Van Tran continues to hold onto his dream of defeating Loretta Sanchez. Tran is trailing by more than 5,000 votes--and the gap seems to be getting larger. But he says, "It's not over. There are many, many more votes to count." His wife gives him a warm hug. But around the campaign headquarters, the mood is somber. People are consoling each other. One says, "Well, we scared Loretta." Others are speaking rapidly in Vietnamese and I can hear Sanchez mentioned in every couple of sentences. In a corner, Tran continues to give media interviews. His words are positive but he looks exhausted and his words come out slowly. His wife gives him another warm hug. "We just have to wait," he tells me. "But there won't be any concession tonight." In the distance, a woman yells, "Does anyone want to take any rice home?" 
11:30 p.m.: Carly Knocks Exit Polls

Odd campaign photo: Either the LA Lakers are playing or Loretta Sanchez can single-handedly stop OC's usual traffic nightmare.
Odd campaign photo: Either the LA Lakers are playing or Loretta Sanchez can single-handedly stop OC's usual traffic nightmare.
Christopher Victorio / OC Weekly

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Election 2010: Moxley Watches The OC Republicans
Election 2010: Moxley Watches The OC Republicans

Recent Republican polling companies have placed Republican challenger Van Tran in a tie with Rep. Loretta Sanchez in what is expected to be Orange County's closest congressional race.

But in it's final pre-election prediction, The New York Times is forecasting this morning that Sanchez has an 89.1 percent chance of winning the race.

The paper predicts, based on a series of models, that Sanchez beats Tran, the Little Saigon state Assemblyman, by an 8.2 percent margin, 52.5 percent to 44.3 percent.

Sanchez has trounced her Republican challengers in past elections, but the feisty if physically petite Tran is hoping to be the Manny Pacquiao of 2010 politics by defeating the undisputed giant of the OC Democratic Party.

Both candidates say the other is ethically corrupt.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly
rscottmoxley@ocweekly.com

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