[UPDATED:] Election 2010: Coker is Spun, Polled, Teabagged

1:28 p.m.: Orange County agreed with state voters on most ballot initiatives, although more of us did want to keep choking on polluted air until the unemployment rate drops and most like the state budget approval process to remain fucked-up, thank you very much (probably because many are philosophically opposed to state budgets in the first place).

The Orange County Registrar of Voters results after the jump reflect state ballot propositions and local measures.

Orange County results. * indicates statewide winner

19 - LEGALIZES MARIJUANA UNDER CALIFORNIA BUT NOT FEDERAL LAW
Yes     261,275     42.4%
*No     354,719     57.6%

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20 - REDISTRICTING OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS
*Yes     403,373     69.4%
No        177,927     30.6%

21- ESTABLISHES $18 ANNUAL VEHICLE LICENSE SURCHARGE TO HELP FUND STATE PARKS AND WILDLIFE
Yes     206,447     34.0%
No*     401,585     66.0%

22 - PROHIBITS THE STATE FROM BORROWING OR TAKING FUNDS USED FOR TRANSPORTATION
Yes*   357,844     60.7%
No      232,154     39.3%

23 - SUSPENDS IMPLEMENTATION OF AIR POLLUTION CONTROL LAW
Yes     307,324     51.3%
No*     292,234     48.7%

24 - REPEALS RECENT LEGISLATION THAT GRANTED TAX BREAKS TO BUSINESSES
Yes     185,955     31.8%
No*     399,040     68.2%

25 - CHANGES LEGISLATIVE VOTE REQUIREMENT TO PASS BUDGET AND BUDGET-RELATED LEGISLATION ON TIME
Yes*     254,624     43.0%
No        337,430     57.0%

26 - REQUIRES THAT CERTAIN STATE AND LOCAL FEES BE APPROVED BY TWO-THIRDS VOTE
Yes*     376,784     64.5%
No        207,521     35.5%

27 - ELIMINATES STATE COMMISSION ON REDISTRICTING
Yes     205,026     35.8%
No*     367,840     64.2%

* indicates local winners

G - Anaheim City School District, Local Elementary School Classroom Safety Bonds
Yes*     12,713     62.6%
No          7,607     37.4%

H - Capistrano Unified School District, Trustees Elected 'By Trustee Area'
Yes*     51,060     65.3%
No        27,163     34.7%

I - Magnolia School District, School Improvement and Repair Measure Bonds
Yes*     4,222     65.2%
No        2,255     34.8%

J - Anaheim, Authorization Of Design-Build Procurement For Public Works Projects
Yes*     26,636     63.7%
No        15,147     36.3%

K - Anaheim, Prohibition Of Automated Traffic Enforcement Systems (Red Light Cameras)
Yes*     32,938     72.9%
No        12,266     27.1%

L - Costa Mesa, Transient Occupancy Rate Increase
Yes*     9,951     51.8%
No        9,276     48.2%

M - Fullerton, Term Limits
Yes*     19,774     79.8%
No          4,996     20.2%

N - Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach City Charter Comprehensive Update Measure
Yes*     21,812     54.8%
No        18,007     45.2%

O - Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach City Charter Section 617, Infrastructure Fund Measure
Yes*     19,060     45.4%
No        22,956     54.6%

P - Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach UUT Modernization/Reduction Measure
Yes*     29,443     68.0%
No        13,868     32.0%

Q - Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach Private Wireless Communication Facilities Advisory Measure
Yes     20,016     43.8%
No*     25,691     56.2%

R - Irvine, Irvine School Support Initiative
Yes*     28,186     77.1%
No          8,366     22.9%

S - Irvine, Irvine Sustainable Community Initiative
Yes*     24,142     65.5%
No        12,711     34.5%

T - Laguna Hills Term Limits
Yes*     5,939     74.4%
No        2,046     25.6%

U - La Palma, Utility Users Tax Amendment
Yes*     3,300     91.6%
No           301     8.4%

V - Newport Beach, Charter Amendments and Ordinance Repeals (involving oil drilling, taxation policies, the repeal of a cap on public funding to the Chamber of Commerce, and elimination of the current requirement to publish city ordinances in the newspaper)
Yes*     14,432     61.8%
No          8,904     38.2%

W - Placentia, City of Placentia Utility Users Tax Modernization Measure
Yes*     6,498     61.0%
No        4,156     39.0%

X - Tustin, Appointment of City Clerk
Yes*     6,955     62.0%
No        4,268     38.0%

Y - Yorba Linda, Yorba Linda Ethics Ordinance
Yes*     16,124     85.2%
No          2,800     14.8%

Z - Yorba Linda, Yorba Linda Affordable Housing Ordinance - Savi Ranch
Yes     9,456     49.8%
No*     9,543     50.2%

AA - Westminster, Repeal of Current Ban on State-Approved Fireworks
Yes*     9,277     63.0%
No        5,443     37.0%

12:32 p.m.: Good Lord, there are a lot of city council and special districts in Orange County, as reflected in the Orange County Registrar of Voters results after the jump that also include the county supervisor and treasurer races.

Winners are indicated based on precinct votes, but keep in mind in the close races that mail, absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted could change those outcomes.

* indicates winners or leaders before all absentee and provisional ballots are counted

County Supervisor 4th District
*SHAWN NELSON     48,952     62.9%
HARRY SIDHU            28,911     37.1%

Treasurer-Tax Collector
*SHARI FREIDENRICH     263,281     54.6%
KEITH RODENHUIS          218,767     45.4%

CITY OF ALISO VIEJO Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*PHILLIP TSUNODA     5,138     38.8%
*CARMEN CAVE            4,395     33.2%
WILLIAM PERKINS        2,154     16.3%
DANIEL SYDOR             1,564     11.8%

CITY OF ANAHEIM Mayor
*TOM TAIT                          23,807     55.5%
SHIRLEY MCCRACKEN  13,375     31.2%
DENIS FITZGERALD           5,710     13.3%

CITY OF ANAHEIM Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*GAIL EASTMAN      14,654     19.4%
*KRIS MURRAY       12,560     16.6%
JOHN LEOS                8,963     11.8%
LINDA LINDER           5,873     7.8%
ROBERT NELSON     5,238     6.9%
THOMAS HOLGUIN    5,015     6.6%
BILL DALATI                 3,807     5.0%
BRIAN CHUCHUA       3,572     4.7%
SANDY PARKE             3,538     4.7%
ROBERT FLORES        3,193     4.2%
DUSTIN APODACA       2,898     3.8%
DENNIS VARNUM         2,593     3.4%
JOHN SANTOIANNI      2,141     2.8%
RUDY GAONA                1,638     2.2%

CITY OF BREA Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*ROY MOORE               4,806     19.9%
*RON GARCIA              4,137     17.2%
*BRETT MURDOCK    3,806     15.8%
STEVEN VARGAS       3,534     14.7%
RIC CLOUGH               3,326     13.8%
DON HAVARD              1,983     8.2%
JIM GROSSE                 1,800     7.5%
ELLEKE HUMPHREYS   715     3.0%

CITY OF BUENA PARK Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*ELIZABETH SWIFT     4,796     16.6%
*MILLER OH                  4,693     16.2%
*STEVE BERRY            4,222     14.6%
JERRY KONG                3,226     11.1%
DON MCCAY                  2,978     10.3%
BARON NIGHT              2,227     7.7%
PAUL GONZALES         1,686     5.8%
GREG FERGUSON       1,628     5.6%
JACK MAULLER             1,378     4.8%
JEANNINE SCOTT         1,352     4.7%
JORDON PEACHER         784     2.7%

CITY OF COSTA MESA Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*JIM RIGHEIMER     9,218     31.5%
*WENDY LEECE      8,235     28.1%
CHRIS MCEVOY       7,675     26.2%
SUE LESTER            2,859     9.8%
CHAD W PETSCHL  1,277     4.4%

CITY OF DANA POINT Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*STEVEN WEINBERG     4,969     23.9%
*LISA BARTLETT              4,800     23.1%
*WILLIAM BROUGH          4,628     22.2%
JOEL BISHOP                    4,124     19.8%
DANA KISLIG                      2,294     11.0%

CITY OF FOUNTAIN VALLEY Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*JOHN J. COLLINS      6,146     18.1%
*MARK MCCURDY       4,964     14.7%
*MICHAEL VO                4,420     13.0%
CHERYL BROTHERS  4,256     12.6%
GUY CARROZZO           4,137     12.2%
STEVE SCHULTZ          3,090     9.1%
PATRICK TUCKER       2,473     7.3%
DUY NGUYEN               1,893     5.6%
FRANK PERDICARO   1,458     4.3%
JIM PULL                        1,042     3.1%

CITY OF FULLERTON Member, City Council, Full Term
(Vote for 2)
*DON BANKHEAD       8,743     21.1%
*DOUG CHAFFEE       7,524     18.2%
PAT MCKINLEY            7,424     17.9%
GREG SEBOURN        4,567     11.0%
BARRY LEVINSON      4,377     10.6%
MARTY BURBANK       4,035     9.7%
JESSE LA TOUR          3,446     8.3%
JOHNNIE ATKINSON  1,308     3.2%

CITY OF FULLERTON Member, City Council, Short Term
*BRUCE WHITAKER     8,393     37.8%
ROLAND CHI                  6,522     29.3%
AARON GREGG              5,200     23.4%
ANTHONY FONTE          2,113     9.5%

CITY OF GARDEN GROVE Mayor
*WILLIAM DALTON     19,027     74.1%
MYKE COSSOTA           6,641     25.9%

CITY OF GARDEN GROVE Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*BRUCE BROADWATER     14,926     37.9%
*DINA NGUYEN                     14,322     36.4%
JAMES YBARRA                     10,114     25.7%

CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH Member, City Council
(Vote for 4)
*CONNIE BOARDMAN     14,472     9.3%
*JOE CARCHIO                 13,627     8.8%
*MATTHEW HARPER       11,100     7.2%
*JOE SHAW                        10,551     6.8%
BARBARA DELGLEIZE     10,160     6.6%
BLAIR FARLEY                     9,982     6.4%
JIM KATAPODIS                    9,728     6.3%
BILLY O'CONNELL              9,396     6.1%
DAN KALMICK                      8,085     5.2%
FRED SPEAKER                  7,911     5.1%
NORM WESTWELL              7,626     4.9%
BILL RORICK                        7,419     4.8%
HEATHER GROW                 7,099     4.6%
SHAWN ROSELIUS             5,640     3.6%
BRUCE BRANDT                  5,331     3.4%
ERIK PETERSON                 5,130     3.3%
LANDON FICHTNER            3,470     2.2%
ANDRISSA DOMINGUEZ     3,066     2.0%
WILLIAM GRUNWALD          2,726     1.8%
JOHN VON HOLLE                2,336     1.5%

CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH City Attorney
*JENNIFER MCGRATH     29,582     72.6%
T. GABE HOUSTON           11,183     27.4%

CITY OF IRVINE Mayor
*SUKHEE KANG                           23,841     63.2%
CHRISTOPHER GONZALES     13,879     36.8%

CITY OF IRVINE Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*LARRY AGRAN                 15,536     23.4%
*JEFFREY LALLOWAY     15,011     22.6%
*LYNN SCHOTT                 13,360     20.1%
SHIVA FARIVAR                  12,187     18.3%
CHRIS MOORE                    5,843     8.8%
BIJAN MAZARJI                    2,374     3.6%
YUNUS AKSOY                    2,190     3.3%

CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*KELLY H. BOYD                 5,283     30.5%
*ELIZABETH PEARSON     4,888     28.2%
*TONI ISEMAN                      4,397     25.3%
EMANUEL PATRASCU     2,781     16.0%

CITY OF LAGUNA HILLS Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*BARBARA KOGERMAN     4,613     25.0%
*MELODY CARRUTH          4,263     23.1%
*RANDAL BRESSETTE       2,899     15.7%
CRAIG SCOTT                       2,859     15.5%
RANDAL SCOTT OAKLEY    1,400     7.6%
ALI DJOWHARZADEH           1,198     6.5%
SAEID HARIRI                            719     3.9%
PIERRE B. GILBERT                 524     2.8%

CITY OF LAGUNA NIGUEL Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*LINDA LINDHOLM     13,218     53.9%
*ROBERT MING             9,043     36.8%
MIKE FAIR                        2,280     9.3%

CITY OF LA HABRA Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*JAMES GOMEZ        6,775     42.8%
*MICHAEL BLAZEY   4,916     31.0%
DAREN NIGSARIAN  4,155     26.2%

CITY OF LAKE FOREST Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*SCOTT VOIGTS                      8,582     22.6%
*PETER HERZOG                    8,548     22.5%
*KATHRYN MCCULLOUGH   7,247     19.1%
JIM GARDNER                         7,047     18.5%
RICHARD DIXON                     6,571     17.3%

CITY OF LA PALMA Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*HENRY CHAROEN     1,791     28.9%
*STEVE HWANGBO      1,621     26.1%
NOELLA LEW                 1,476     23.8%
GERARD GOEDHART  1,318     21.2%

CITY OF LOS ALAMITOS Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*WARREN KUSUMOTO     1,276     18.2%
*TROY EDGAR                     1,176     16.8%
*GERRI GRAHAM-MEJIA    1,112     15.9%
CONSTANTINE ZARKOS   1,035     14.8%
BRAD SHERIDAN                1,013     14.5%
DEAN GROSE                       1,005     14.3%
JOHANNA SCHLEUTER        387     5.5%

CITY OF MISSION VIEJO Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*PATRICIA KELLEY     11,257     18.6%
*DAVID LECKNESS     8,111     13.4%
*RHONDA REARDON  8,109     13.4%
RICK SANDZIMIER       5,837     9.6%
BRIAN SKALSKY           5,269     8.7%
NEIL LONSINGER        5,249     8.7%
BILL BARKER                4,358     7.2%
FRED CARR                  3,459     5.7%
MARK DOBRILOVIC     2,804     4.6%
LANCE MACLEAN        2,762     4.6%
KEN GOLEMO               1,759     2.9%
SAM MAMOLA                1,634     2.7%

CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH Member, City Council, District 1
*MIKE HENN     17,656     100.0%

CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH Member, City Council, District 3
*RUSH HILL          12,010     54.9%
EDWARD RENO     9,854     45.1%

CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH Member, City Council, District 4
*LESLIE DAIGLE     13,151     62.1%
MARK TABBERT        8,012     37.9%

CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH Member, City Council, District 6
*NANCY GARDNER     17,821     100.0%

CITY OF ORANGE Mayor
*CAROLYN CAVECCHE  17,023     64.2%
JON DUMITRU                     9,478     35.8%

CITY OF ORANGE Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*FRED WHITAKER     10,546     22.7%
*DENIS BILODEAU     10,414     22.4%
CHRIS HORTON            5,563     12.0%
MICHAEL MERINO         5,246     11.3%
YOLANDA ALVAREZ       4,608     9.9%
ROBERT DOUGLAS       3,632     7.8%
CHRISTIAN VAUGHAN   3,469     7.5%
SUE DOMINGUEZ           3,007     6.5%

CITY OF PLACENTIA Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*JOSEPH AGUIRRE    4,128     23.7%
*CHAD WANKE            4,052     23.2%
GREG SOWARDS       3,389     19.4%
BRYAN MCRAE            2,644     15.2%
CHAD JACKSON          2,071     11.9%
MICHAEL MCADAM      1,164     6.7%

CITY OF PLACENTIA City Clerk
*PATRICK J. MELIA     8,358     100.0%

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*JESSE PETRILLA           5,388     22.8%
*GARY THOMPSON         5,071     21.5%
*STEVEN BARIC               5,011     21.2%
NEIL BLAIS                         4,928     20.9%
LAWRENCE MCCOOK     3,201     13.6%

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*LORI DONCHAK     7,231     17.4%
*JIM EVERT               6,655     16.0%
*TIM BROWN            6,093     14.7%
JOE ANDERSON     5,739     13.8%
BRENDA MILLER    5,474     13.2%
CHRIS HAMM           4,470     10.7%
GEORGIA SMITH     2,212     5.3%
JAY GASKINS            2,065     5.0%
PATRICK CROSBY   1,643     4.0%

CITY OF SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*LARRY KRAMER             3,737     17.0%
*JOHN TAYLOR                3,316     15.1%
*DEREK REEVE               3,251     14.8%
JIM REARDON                  2,894     13.2%
MARK NIELSEN                2,741     12.5%
CLINT WORTHINGTON  2,156     9.8%
LONDRES USO                1,744     7.9%
JESS LOPEZ                      1,302     5.9%
VICTOR SCHNEIDER         850     3.9%

CITY OF SANTA ANA Mayor
*MIGUEL PULIDO          13,516     49.6%
ALFREDO AMEZCUA      6,869     25.2%
CHARLES HART              2,874     10.5%
GEORGE COLLINS         2,568     9.4%
ROY ALVARADO               1,416     5.2%

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 2
*MICHELE MARTINEZ     21,519     100.0%

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 4
*DAVID BENAVIDES     21,692     100.0%

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 6
*SAL TINAJERO        13,187     51.9%
NAM PHAM                   6,650     26.2%
HELEN MARTINEZ     5,578     21.9%

CITY OF SEAL BEACH Member, City Council, District 1
*ELLERY DEATON        776     49.6%
JOE KALMICK                 518     33.1%
SCOTT LEVITT               162     10.4%
ROBERT AGUILAR JR. 107     6.8%

CITY OF SEAL BEACH Member, City Council, District 3
*GORDON SHANKS     1,015     69.4%
AMALIA ALMASY                448     30.6%

CITY OF SEAL BEACH Member, City Council, District 5
*MICHAEL LEVITT     1,034     54.0%
ANNE SEIFERT             880     46.0%

CITY OF TUSTIN Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*AL MURRAY                  3,744     19.1%
*REBECCA MCKEON   3,367     17.2%
DAVID WALDRAM          3,282     16.8%
DONNA PEERY              2,682     13.7%
SHERRI LOVELAND     2,583     13.2%
BOB VU                            1,917     9.8%
TIM HAIDER                    1,368     7.0%
STEVEN ZELDIN               650     3.3%

CITY OF VILLA PARK Member, City Council
(Vote for 3)
*BRAD REESE               1,323     21.9%
*DEBORAH PAULY       1,254     20.7%
*ROBERT FAUTEUX     1,246     20.6%
JAMES RHEINS              1,123     18.6%
RICHARD BARNETT     1,107     18.3%

CITY OF WESTMINSTER Mayor
*MARGIE RICE                10,230     71.1%
BRUCE QUANG TRAN     2,734     19.0%
AL KRIPPNER                    1,432     9.9%

CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*PENNY LOOMER                     4,857     19.1%
*TRI TA                                         4,573     18.0%
ANDY QUACH                             4,525     17.8%
ALIN HAMADE                             4,015     15.8%
JOY NEUGEBAUER                   3,163     12.4%
KHOA DO                                     3,075     12.1%
GINGER WAUGH-BORDEN     1,238     4.9%

CITY OF YORBA LINDA Member, City Council
(Vote for 2)
*JOHN ANDERSON       8,352     26.2%
*THOMAS LINDSEY       7,492     23.5%
JAN HORTON                  6,207     19.5%
BRENDA MCCUNE         4,278     13.4%
RICHARD WOLFINGER 3,518     11.0%
TIMOTHY MCCUNE         2,060     6.5%

EMERALD BAY SERVICE DISTRICT Director
(Vote for 3)
*KERI UEBERROTH     321     23.6%
*JOHN COLLINS            300     22.0%
*JOHN MCDERMOTT    290     21.3%
PETE COLLISSON         162     11.9%
SCOTT MCCARTER       150     11.0%
STEVEN RABAGO           140     10.3%

SURFSIDE COLONY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT Director
(Vote for 4)
*JOHN KRISS              106     24.6%
*DONALD KARICH     105     24.4%
*NORA STRAIGHT       92     21.3%
*DAN NOWAK               69     16.0%
JOHN CAHOON           59     13.7%

COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT Director
(Vote for 3)
*BOB OOTEN           11,386     32.8%
*JIM FITZPATRICK     8,463     24.4%
*MIKE SCHEAFER     7,555     21.8%
ARLENE SCHAFER   7,285     21.0%

MIDWAY CITY SANITARY DISTRICT Director
(Vote for 3)
*MARGIE RICE     9,648     30.6%
*TYLER DIEP        7,753     24.6%
*FRANK COBO     7,430     23.6%
TONY LAM             6,664     21.2%

SURFSIDE COLONY STORM WATER PROTECTION DISTRICT Director
(Vote for 3)
*GAYLE WINNEN     115     30.5%
*JON REGNIER        103     27.3%
*V. JOHN KRISS         96     25.5%
DAN NOWAK               63     16.7%

EL TORO WATER DISTRICT Director
(Vote for 2)
*WILLIAM KAHN            8,186     45.5%
*JERARD WERNER     6,493     36.1%
EDWARD FERN            3,313     18.4%

IRVINE RANCH WATER DISTRICT Director
(Vote for 3)
*DOUG REINHART           35,692     28.6%
*PEER SWAN                     26,838     21.5%
*STEVEN LAMAR               25,708     20.6%
RICHARD BARON             20,827     16.7%
PAUL BETTENHAUSEN   15,704     12.6%

MOULTON NIGUEL WATER DISTRICT Director, Division 2
*SCOTT COLTON     2,073     52.4%
SEAN NORVELL       1,059     26.8%
ELLEN ADDONIZIO     824     20.8%

MOULTON NIGUEL WATER DISTRICT Director, Division 3
*DONALD R. FROELICH     3,538     51.6%
TONY ENGLISH                     3,318     48.4%

MOULTON NIGUEL WATER DISTRICT Director, Division 4
*LAURENCE LIZOTTE     2,950     56.8%
MARY JANE FOLEY           2,246     43.2%

SANTA MARGARITA WATER DISTRICT Director
(Vote for 2)
*SAUNDRA JACOBS           14,434     31.5%
*ROGER FAUBEL                13,417     29.3%
BILL WACHAL                          9,340     20.4%
DENNIS SALB                          4,738     10.3%
STANISLAW DZIECIELSKI     3,885     8.5%

ROSSMOOR/LOS ALAMITOS AREA SEWER DISTRICT, Director
(Vote for 2)
*LINDA HABERMEHL        3,552     38.6%
*JOEL RATTNER                2,515     27.3%
ROBERT WAHLSTROM     1,936     21.0%
VAN M. JEW                          1,200     13.0%

MESA CONSOLIDATED WATER DISTRICT Director, Division 5
*SHAWN DEWANE     2,189     67.0%
PETER MEUTER         1,079     33.0%

MESA CONSOLIDATED WATER DISTRICT Director, Division 2, Short Term
*DAN WORTHINGTON     1,489     38.4%
JAMES FISLER                   1,451     37.4%
ART PERRY                            942     24.3%

ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT Director, Division 1
*KATHRYN BARR     13,390     57.4%
MARK ROSEN              9,926     42.6%

ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT Director, Division 7
*SHAWN DEWANE     22,172     70.5%
JOHN COLLINS             9,274     29.5%

ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT Director, Division 6, Short Term
*CATHY GREEN             16,662     39.1%
ROBERT MCVICKER     13,044     30.6%
DON MACALLISTER      10,423     24.5%
FELIX ROCHA JR.            2,473     5.8%

SOUTH COAST WATER DISTRICT Director
(Vote for 2)
*RICHARD RUNGE          4,558     38.7%
*BOB MOORE                    3,676     31.2%
RICHARD DIETMEIER     3,548     30.1%

YORBA LINDA WATER DISTRICT Director
(Vote for 3)
*PHILLIP HAWKINS        9,885     24.1%
*GARY MELTON               9,614     23.4%
*ROBERT KILEY              9,115     22.2%
JOHN SUMMERFIELD    6,438     15.7%
WILLIAM MILLS                 6,029     14.7%

MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT OF ORANGE COUNTY Director, Division 6, Short Term
*JEFF THOMAS     36,001     73.3%
MEGAN YOO          13,121     26.7%

PLACENTIA LIBRARY DISTRICT Trustee
(Vote for 2)
*BETTY ESCOBOSA     6,545     42.4%
*AL SHKOLER                5,039     32.6%
ELIZABETH MINTER     3,854     25.0%

11:37 a.m.: For the most part, Orange County voters returned incumbents to office when it came to local school board races. However, some surprises do pop up in the Orange County Registrar of Voters results after the jump.

Red Orange County chose Democrat Tom Torlakson over Republican Larry Aceves (barely) for state superintendent of public instruction. Meanwhile, an incumbent school trustee lost in Buena Park, and a slate of conservative reform trustees in Capistrano Unified defeated one incumbent and recalled two more.

* indicates statewide winner in Superintendent of Public Instruction race and local winners.

Superintendent of Public Instruction
(Numbers are for 2,080 Orange County precincts)
*TOM TORLAKSON     239,747     50.4%
LARRY ACEVES          235,528     49.6%

NORTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 2
*BARBARA DUNSHEATH     73,116     57.7%
TIM KEENAN                          53,675     42.3%

NORTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 3
*JEFFREY P. BROWN     82,584     68.6%
RUBEN BARRON             37,715     31.4%

NORTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 4
*DONNA MILLER     80,975     66.0%
DARLENE ALLEN    41,743     34.0%

COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 1
*JIM MORENO          72,500     63.5%
SHANA JENKINS     41,738     36.5%

COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 5
*DAVID A. GRANT 49,478     43.4%
LYNNE RIDDLE    39,638     34.8%
BOB MOSLEY         24,869     21.8%

SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 2
*THOMAS PRENDERGAST, III 84,213    50.7%
KEVIN M. MULDOON                 81,759    49.3%

SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 4
*NANCY PADBERG     100,795     62.2%
JACK FROST                  61,356     37.8%

SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 5
*MARCIA MILCHIKER     102,796    65.1%
JILL E. CASE                      55,127    34.9%

BREA OLINDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 4)
*MICHAEL CONDIFF    4,771     22.1%
*BILL R. HALL                4,674     21.6%
*JOE ROLLINO              4,483     20.7%
*TERESA HAMPSON    3,916     18.1%
SUE NOWERS               3,764     17.4%

CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 4
*ANNA BRYSON     40,250     55.2%
SAAM ALIKHANI     32,696     44.8%

CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 6
*ELLEN ADDONIZIO           37,021     53.5%
MARTHA MCNICHOLAS     32,117     46.5%

CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 7
*LYNN HATTON                   40,410     55.9%
LARRY CHRISTENSEN     31,836     44.1%

Shall Michael S. Winsten be recalled as a Capistrano Unified trustee?
Yes     44,527     61.2%
No     28,260     38.8%

Candidate to succeed Michael S. Winsten
JOHN ALPAY     50,395     100.0%

Shall Ken Lopez-Maddox be recalled as a Capistrano Unified trustee?
Yes     44,122     61.1%
No     28,084     38.9%

Candidate to succeed Ken Lopez-Maddox
*GARY PRITCHARD 30,605     54.5%
PAUL HEBBARD     14,962     26.6%
GARY V. MILLER     10,599     18.9%

GARDEN GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Governing Board Member
(Vote for 2)
*BOB HARDEN             20,873     33.2%
*LAN QUOC NGUYEN  15,226     24.2%
BAO QUOC NGUYEN   11,954     19.0%
BOB TUCKER                  8,777     14.0%
SHAUN M. CURTIS         6,024     9.6%

IRVINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 2)
*SHARON WALLIN                      21,355     44.4%
*GAVIN HUNTLEY-FENNER     18,232     37.9%
JODIE LU STOUT HOFFMAN      8,505     17.7%

NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Governing Board Member Trustee Area 2
*KATRINA FOLEY             19,623     54.5%
MICHAEL B. COLLIER     16,358     45.5%

NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, Governing Board Member Trustee Area 5
*JUDY FRANCO                 21,706     59.3%
LORETTA ZIMMERMAN     14,885     40.7%

ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 1
*DIANE SINGER                      22,691     56.6%
CHRISTOPHER NGUYEN     15,137     37.8%
HARRY PERSAUD                    2,248     5.6%

ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 4
*KATHY MOFFAT     17,770     44.6%
LARRY D. COHN     13,671     34.3%
PAUL TODD               8,419     21.1%

ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 5
*TIMOTHY SURRIDGE     20,389     52.2%
KIMBERLEE NICHOLS     18,661     47.8%

ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 7
*RICK LEDESMA    28,769     71.7%
STEVE ROCCO      11,332     28.3%

PLACENTIA-YORBA LINDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Full Term
*KARIN M. FREEMAN     18,943     37.4%
CARRIE BUCK                 11,642     23.0%
KIM PALMER                     11,352     22.4%
DENNIS BULLARD             8,778     17.3%

PLACENTIA-YORBA LINDA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Short Term
*JUDI CARMONA               12,758     40.6%
RONI CASTILLO STULL     7,335     23.3%
JANINE HELLEBRAND      5,153     16.4%
SUSAN M. ECKLES            4,258     13.5%
JIM BRUNETTE                   1,955     6.2%

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 2)
*JOHN PALACIO                        9,649     34.7%
*AUDREY YAMAGATA NOJI     7,653     27.5%
ARTURO "ART" PEDROZA      6,061     21.8%
JEFFREY K. MORRIS               4,430     15.9%

TUSTIN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 2)
*LYNN R. DAVIS                 13,230     38.1%
*JONATHAN ABELOVE     12,653     36.4%
KIRK O. HAHN                      4,990     14.4%
MANNY ESTRADA               3,875     11.2%

ANAHEIM UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*JORDAN BRANDMAN     27,279     26.7%
*ANNA L. PIERCY              24,887     24.3%
*JAN DOMENE                   18,196     17.8%
VERNON BECKETT          17,194     16.8%
JOSE  MORENO                14,760     14.4%

FULLERTON JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*ROBERT SINGER           18,508     23.6%
*ROBERT HATHAWAY     18,286     23.3%
*MARILYN BUCHI             17,854     22.8%
VICKI R. CALHOUN          14,655     18.7%
NADIA SANCHEZ                 9,119     11.6%

HUNTINGTON BEACH UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*KATHLEEN IVERSON     33,163     22.2%
*BONNIE CASTREY           32,918     22.0%
*BRIAN GARLAND             31,503     21.0%
CHARLIE NGUYEN            18,709     12.5%
ANJI CLEMENS                   18,548  12.4%
TOM DERN                           14,878     9.9%

ANAHEIM CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*JOSE F. MORENO                    9,828     24.3%
*JEFF COLE                                9,161     22.6%
*SANDY BLUMBERG                 9,077     22.4%
JERRY SILVERMAN                   8,201     20.3%
JACKIE EVERLEY-FILBECK     4,198     10.4%

BUENA PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*PATSY MARSHALL             3,244     30.4%
*BRIAN CHAMBERS            2,586     24.3%
*HELEN LEE                         2,585     24.2%
SAMUEL VAN HAMBLEN     2,246     21.1%

CENTRALIA SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*MEGAN HARDING     3,793     19.3%
*IRV TRINKLE              3,299     16.8%
*LISA JORDAN             3,079     15.7%
ART MONTEZ               3,028     15.4%
LISA PELLICANO         2,612     13.3%
KEVIN SEQUEIRA       1,962     10.0%
BRENDA TORRES      1,900     9.7%

CYPRESS SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*VALERI PETERS WAGNER     4,884     26.5%
*DAVID H. GIESE                        4,696     25.5%
*STEVE BLOUNT                        4,685     25.4%
MICHAEL MAHONY                     4,157     22.6%

FOUNTAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*SANDRA CRANDALL      6,723     23.3%
*JUDY EDWARDS             6,143     21.3%
*JAMES TEMPLIN              5,599     19.4%
NICOLA WEISS                  5,346     18.5%
ROCHELLE GIUSEFFI     5,011     17.4%

FULLERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*CHRIS THOMPSON        11,891     28.2%
*JANNY CATLIN MEYER  11,421     27.1%
* BEVERLY BERRYMAN   10,196     24.2%
AARUNI THAKUR                8,647     20.5%

HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*SHIRLEY A. CAREY     11,961     29.4%
*ROSEMARY SAYLOR   10,858     26.7%
*CELIA JAFFE                 10,741     26.4%
ROB FISHEL                      7,170     17.6%

LA HABRA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*SANDI BALTES                               5,145     29.9%
*SHARON H. BROWN                    3,717     21.6%
*LINDA NAVARRO-EDWARDS     3,252     18.9%
AMBER L. GOULD                           3,124     18.1%
KEVIN JACOBSON                           1,987     11.5%

LOWELL JOINT SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*WILLIAM (BILL) HINZ                  1,042     16.7%
*DARIN W. BARBER                     1,041     16.7%
*ANASTASIA SHACKELFORD       968     15.5%
MELISSA A. SALINAS                      917     14.7%
GENE N. DUNFORD                       635     10.2%
DOUG COX                                       586     9.4%
KEVIN M. DE MERA                         534     8.6%
PATRICK G. ROCKENBACH         514     8.2%

MAGNOLIA SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*ESTHER H. WALLACE           3,491     25.5%
*BARBARA G. QUINTANA       3,187     23.3%
*CLIFFORD BREEDEN, JR.   2,703     19.7%
OLGA ALVAREZ                        2,174     15.9%
GARY SHIELDS                        2,138     15.6%

OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*TRACY PELLMAN     11,020     27.0%
*JOHN BRISCOE           9,428     23.1%
*JOHN ORTIZ                 7,724     18.9%
GEORGE CLEMENS     7,375     18.1%
BRIAN RODDEN            5,253     12.9%

WESTMINSTER SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
(Vote for 3)
*MARY MANGOLD                       7,682     28.3%
*ANDREW NGUYEN                   6,784     25.0%
*K. DAVID BRIDGEWATERS     6,463     23.9%
RONALD ZELL                             6,169     22.8%

10:29 a.m.: The national movement to throw the bums out did not extend to Orange County when it came to incumbent members of Congress and state legislators.

What follows are Orange County Registrar of Voters results for these offices.

*indicates winner

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 40th District
*ED ROYCE (REP)                    86,710     67.2%
CHRISTINA AVALOS (DEM)     42,403     32.8%

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 42nd District
*GARY G. MILLER (REP)          61,995     65.4%
MICHAEL WILLIAMSON (DEM)26,909     28.4%
MARK LAMBERT (LIB)                 5,949      6.3%

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 44th District
*KEN CALVERT (REP)     22,365     68.7%
BILL HEDRICK (DEM)     10,193     31.3%
(Win factors in Calvert's out-of-county votes.)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 46th District
*DANA ROHRABACHER (REP) 68,989     63.8%
KEN ARNOLD (DEM)                   39,220     36.2%

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 47th District
*LORETTA SANCHEZ (DEM)     31,558     51.0%
VAN TRAN (REP)                          26,042     42.1%
CECILIA "CECI" IGLESIAS             4,298      6.9%

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 48th District
*JOHN CAMPBELL (REP)     105,952 60.3%
BETH KROM (DEM)                  63,480     36.1%
MIKE BINKLEY (LIB)                   6,309      3.6%

STATE SENATOR 34th District
*LOU CORREA (DEM)     56,335     63.5%
LUCILLE KRING (REP)   32,342     36.5%

STATE SENATOR 38th District
*MARK WYLAND (REP)     15,692     64.7%
GILA JONES (DEM)               7,467     30.8%
KRISTI STONE (LIB)              1,102      4.5%
(Win factors in Wyland's out-of-county votes.)

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 56th District
*TONY MENDOZA (DEM)       6,172     50.4%
HENRY J. BESTWICK (REP) 6,075     49.6%
(It appears Mendoza has won after factoring in out-of-county votes.)

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 60th District
*CURT HAGMAN (REP)           30,336     71.3%
GREGG D. FRITCHLE (DEM) 12,202     28.7%

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 67th District
*JIM SILVA (REP)                          66,551     66.1%
ROSALIND FREEMAN (DEM)     34,093     33.9%

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 68th District
*ALLAN R. MANSOOR (REP)     39,661     56.3%
PHU NGUYEN (DEM)                  30,840     43.7%

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 69th District
*JOSE SOLORIO (DEM)             21,872     62.3%
ROBERT M. HAMMOND (REP) 13,257     37.7%

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 70th District
*DONALD P. WAGNER (REP) 65,217     58.5%
MELISSA FOX (DEM)                41,906     37.6%
DEBORAH THARP (LIB)            4,346      3.9%

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 71st District
*JEFF MILLER (REP)          49,178     69.0%
GARY KEPHART (DEM)     22,125     31.0%

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 72nd District
*CHRIS NORBY (REP)     49,866     62.2%
ESIQUIO UBALLE (DEM)  25,430     31.7%
JANE RANDS (GRN)            4,823      6.0%

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 73rd District
*DIANE L. HARKEY (REP)     41,607     65.1%
JUDY JONES (DEM)               22,264     34.9%

9:31 a.m.: What follows are Orange County Registrar of Voters results for statewide races from all 2,080 local precincts. As you'll note, either OC is out of step with the rest of the state or vice versa.

Meanwhile, Steve Cooley guaranteed to reporters last night he won the state Attorney General's race and likened it to a "Dewey Defeats Truman" moment if he is proven wrong. Right now, it's too close to call.

If Kamala Harris prevails, every statewide office will be held by a Democrat--meaning California is out of step with the rest of the country or vice versa.

* indicates statewide winner;
**indicates too close to call statewide

Lieutenant Governor
ABEL MALDONADO (REP)     295,026    49.3%
*GAVIN NEWSOM (DEM)        220,821    36.9%
PAMELA J. BROWN (LIB)         48,959       8.2%
JIM KING (AI)                               16,370       2.7%
JAMES CASTILLO (GRN)            9,266       1.5%
C.T. WEBER (P-F)                         7,562       1.3%

Secretary of State
DAMON DUNN (REP)         327,564     54.9%
*DEBRA BOWEN (DEM)     221,601     37.1%
CHRISTINA TOBIN (LIB)       15,893       2.7%
ANN MENASCHE (GRN)       13,425       2.2%
MERTON D. SHORT (AI)          9,593       1.6%
MARYLOU CABRAL (P-F)        8,937       1.5%

Controller
TONY STRICKLAND (REP)     322,847     54.2%
*JOHN CHIANG (DEM)             218,473     36.6%
ANDREW FAVOR (LIB)               22,017        3.7%
KAREN MARTINEZ (P-F)            12,271        2.1%
ROSS D. FRANKEL (GRN)        10,859        1.8%
LAWRENCE G. BELIZ (AI)            9,724        1.6%

Treasurer
MIMI WALTERS (REP)                 314,117     52.6%
*BILL LOCKYER (DEM)               239,216     40.0%
EDWARD TEYSSIER (LIB)            15,724        2.6%
CHARLES CRITTENDEN (GRN) 11,792        2.0%
ROBERT LAUTEN (AI)                     9,325         1.6%
DEBRA L. REIGER (P-F)                 7,469         1.2%

**Attorney General
STEVE COOLEY (REP)                364,276     60.8%
KAMALA D. HARRIS (DEM)          183,933     30.7%
TIMOTHY J. HANNAN (LIB)             17,518       2.9%
DIANE BEALL TEMPLIN (AI)           12,159       2.0%
PETER ALLEN (GRN)                      12,134       2.0%
ROBERT J. EVANS (P-F)                    8,724       1.5%

Insurance Commissioner
MIKE VILLINES (REP)                     293,974     50.1%
*DAVE JONES (DEM)                      218,637     37.3%
RICHARD BRONSTEIN (LIB)           33,868       5.8%
DINA PADILLA (P-F)                           14,322       2.4%
CLAY PEDERSEN (AI)                       14,147       2.4%
WILLIAM BALDERSTON (GRN)       11,880       2.0%

Member, State Board of Equalization 3rd District
*MICHELLE STEEL (REP)               340,481     59.5%
MARY HEISING (DEM)                      173,972     30.4%
JERRY L. DIXON (LIB)                        28,740       5.0%
MARY LOU FINLEY (P-F)                    17,170       3.0%
TERRI LUSSENHEIDE (AI)                11,781       2.1%

UNITED STATES SENATOR
CARLY FIORINA (REP)                     361,396     58.6%
*BARBARA BOXER (DEM)                223,704     36.3%
GAIL K. LIGHTFOOT (LIB)                  10,056        1.6%
EDWARD C. NOONAN (AI)                  7,343         1.2%
MARSHA FEINLAND (P-F)                   7,255         1.2%
DUANE ROBERTS (GRN)                   6,814         1.1%

7:44: a.m.: Turned on the tele to discover KOCE/Channel 50 anchorman Ed Arnold wrongly identified a speech last night by Carly Fiorina at the Irvine Hyatt as her concession to incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who every major news organization has reported won reelection.

As of this morning's news, Fiorina has not thrown in the towel.

And just to drive home the point, she sent 30,000 more jobs to India.

6:58 a.m.: Aaaand it's Loretta. As part of a newly minted Dem minority in the House.

11:57 p.m.: KNBC/Channel 4 shows tape of Van Tran saying that once the smoke clears and all the ballots are counted, "the just cause will prevail and we will win."

That was preceded by the Republican's challenger, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana), saying something about voters in her 47th district getting late notice that their polling places had changed, or something like that (sorry, I was in the middle of channel flipping).

She sounds downright Dornanian, no?

Back from commercial, KNBC calls it for Gavin Newsom for lieutenant governor.

11:46 p.m.: A conspiracy? Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana) alleges to a KCBS/Channel 2 reporter that there were ballot problems at many polls in areas that are "mine," something her campaign spotted "right away" at 8 a.m.

The solution was to have "my" voters fill out provisional ballots--even though some of those polling places ran out of provisional ballots, Sanchez said.

She sounds downright Dornanian, no?

After a cut back to the studio, viewers discover state Treasurer Bill Lockyer has won over termed out South County legislator Mimi Walters.

And the Orange County jobless rate increases by one.

11:36 p.m.: KCBS/Channel 2 shows Meg Whitman finally addressing the crowd who'd been waiting for her all night in Universal City. She's played on stage by what sounds like a Disney soundtrack.

Looking about $150 million lighter in the wallet, Whitman thanks her supporters for being part of the cause to fix California. "I gave it my all and so did you," she says to cheers.

"So I have just called Gov. Brown ..." she says to loud boos.

She asked everyone to get behind the Moonbeam Man (without calling him a Moonbeam Man, of course, that would be rude). Meg says Californians deserve a unified effort to solve our mounting problems. "We are all Californians tomorrow," she says.

Whitman thanks her campaign staff, which looks several looming paychecks lighter in the wallet.

"We love California and still believe it can be a better place," she says.

11:20 p.m.: The Orange County Register hasn't conceded, but Carly Fiorina apparently has.

I write "apparently" because as the Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is giving her goodbye speech in the muffled background at the Irvine Hyatt, KOCE/Channel 50 is choosing to do a live interview with District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

By the way, the DA tells reporter Maria Hall-Brown he wishes the local media would end its fixation with the firing of Todd Spitzer, something T-Rack considers a "non-story."

It is too a story, anchorwoman Ann Pulice says when the camera returns to the studio.

11:16 p.m.: After a looooong taped report spelling out the positions of Newport Beach-based Republican Rep. John Campbell and his Democratic challenger and termed-out Irvine City Councilwoman Beth Krom, KOCE/Channel 50 returns to its live coverage to show that Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana) is opening up a larger lead over her Republican challenger Van Tran.

Oh, and the next graphic after that was the one that showed Campbell already creamed Krom.

11:10 p.m.: The Orange County Register now reports U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has re-built a "narrow lead" over Carly Fiorina.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has joined all the other major news agencies that have called the race for Democrat Boxer (as well as Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman for governor and Harry Reid over Sharron Angle for U.S. Senate in Nevada.)

10:44 p.m.: Uh-oh, after being written off by the AP, CNN and the Los Angeles Times, Carly Fiorina has surged ahead of incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, reports the Orange County Register.

10:39 p.m.: Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, speaking with KOCE's Maria Hall-Brown at the Irvine Hyatt, mentions a recall campaign against someone he says he has known a long time, Costa Mesa City Council candidate Wendy Leece.

And the votes in her race haven't even all been counted yet.

Moorlach's fellow hardline conservative's crime? Accepting "union money.

10:36 p.m.: Orange County Democratic Party chairman Frank Barbaro, now appearing on a panel on KOCE/Channel 50's Inside OC with Rick Reiff, says the last time he checked there were 106 votes separating 47th congressional district race between Democratic incumbent Loretta Sanchez and Republican Assemblyman Van Tran.

10:25 p.m.: The eyes of Lincoln Clubbers on location in Irvine and pundits in the KOCE/Channel 50 studio is on the 47th congressional district race between Democratic incumbent Loretta Sanchez, Republican Assemblyman Van Tran and GOP-hired vote splitter Cecilia Iglesias.

Check that: Iglesias is listed as an Independent.

The Voice of OC's Norberto Santana Jr. predicts vote watchers are in for a late night, and it may even be days before a winner is known if it comes down to absentee votes.

10:11 p.m.: Orange County Democratic Party chairman Frank Barbaro, interviewed by a KOCE/Channel 50 reporter at a party in Santa Ana, minces no words when he talks about "the wave" sweeping across the country.

Barbaro, who refers to that as an "alleged" wave of Republicanism, says it may have stopped at the Rockies, and that Democrats still hold all the cards with the White House and U.S. Senate.

As for the GOP-controlled House, Barbaro says good luck to the party answering to "fleas known as teabaggers."

10:03 p.m.: YAY! KOCE's sound is finally on.

"Keep in mind, these are very, very early returns," warns anchorman Ed Arnold.

Co-host Ann Pulice is plugging Voice of OC . . . but the blog's editor Norberto Santana Jr. is apparently missing.

10:01 p.m.: KOCE/Channel 50's Orange County election coverage begins . . . with no sound.

So, viewers are treated to a series of local results that show Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina and other statewide candidates with huge leads, because they are not factoring in the rest of the state that has already spoken.

9:53 p.m.: The AP is projecting U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has hung onto his seat despite the challenge by teabaggy Republican Sharron Angle.

So only one of two congressional speakers will be giving up a gavel.

9:50 p.m.: Channel 5 just rolled tape of soon-to-concede Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina, her husband, her kids and her granddaughters watching televised results from their room at the Irvine Hyatt.

The family appeared as lively as a  morgue lineup.

9:09 p.m.: CNN projects Jerry Brown is California's new governor.

Again.

Kiss that $150 million and change goodbye, Meg Whitman.

CNN's GOP talking head is blaming Housekeepergate for Whitman's loss--but not for the reason one might assume.

He thinks she appeared too tough to voters for not standing by her employee of nine years. (As opposed to the Coe-ian argument that Whitman should have marched the Latina to the border and kicked her butt across.)

8:58 p.m.: CNN projects incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer has defeated Republican Carly Fiorina--and that because of that, the Democrats will retain the U.S. Senate.

All the networks, cable channels and even the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert hour previously projected the House is now GOP.

3:44 p.m.: California GOP Chairman Ron Nehring and 28th congressional state Senate district Republican candidate John Stammreich filed complaints today with Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and California Attorney General Jerry Brown over a last-minute campaign mailer.

The problem? The literature "illegally influences" voters in the Long Beach area district to cast ballots for state Sen. Jenny Oropeza, who has been dead since Oct. 20.

The Republicans accuse the state Democratic Party and Secretary of State Debra Bowen (a Dem) of violating a section of the California Penal Code that prohibits publishing a campaign advertisement that falsely depicts official documents.

The letter, entitled "Election Information," closes with Bowen's name and title. Sent to Democratic and decline-to-state voters in the district, it begins:

"You have a right to know how the tragedy of Senator Jenny Oropeza's illness impacts your Election Day choice. Jenny Oropeza's name is on the ballot. You have the right to vote for her. If you do, and she wins, there will be a Special Election called. You will then be able to thoughtfully consider who will represent you in the Senate for the next four years."


The name of Oropeza, a Democrat, remains on today's ballot along with Stammreich's and that of Libertarian David Ruskin.

If anyone is guilty of anything, it's only a misdemeanor.

[UPDATED:] Election 2010: Coker is Spun, Polled, Teabagged

3:17 p.m.: As the Los Angeles Times reports, backers of Prop 19, dressed all in black, gave a depressing final press conference at Oakland City Hall today, apparently resigned to the fact that the marijuana-legalizing initiative is going down in flames.

Perhaps the outcome has something to do with what a wine blogger posted last week.

Tom Wark wondered on Fermentation how much the No on 19 effort has been fueled by alcohol distributors worried about losing the hearts and mind-altered minds of Californians possibly facing another legal choice when it comes to inebriation.

"What I'm wondering is this: In a world when the sale and consumption of marijuana is legal, will the booze industry have to deal with he possibility that consumers will switch from booze to marijuana?," Wark asked. "Will 'Booze Dollars' be lost to 'Dope Dollars'?"

He believes beer and spirits providers fear marijuana legalization more than the wine industry, because the first two beverages are used more by folks trying to get a buzz on. "Wine has the benefit of being understood less as a means to altering the mind than it is a cultural and traditional artifact that we associate with celebration, good living, and the culinary arts," Wark writes. "Marijuana is a much more purely an inebriation vehicle."

The California Beer & Beverage Distributors opposing Prop 19 therefore did not surprise Wark, who still did not buy their argument that they are not against the legalization of pot in principle, but rather the way this particular initiative was written. ". . . I know they spend money to protect their financial interests and I know that beer will lose sales to dope," Wark writes. "And so do they."

As for wineries, Wark wonders--with Prop 19 passage--which would be the first to market their wine as going well with dope. "Which will be the first to suggest a clean and citrusy Chenin Blanc be paired with a hit of Indica or Sativa?"

Not that he sees wine and weed drawing the same users. "In my experience," he wrote, "one does not wonder what strain of dope they will serve and smoke with Brie or cured meats."

No, Tommy, stoners in need of pairings turn to supermarket cookie aisles.

10:44 a.m.: Search Engine Land editor-in-chief Danny Sullivan began voting by mail this past weekend. He came to the election for Orange County Treasurer, which pits city treasurer Shari Freidenrich against incumbent county deputy treasurer Keith Rodenhuis. Not knowing much about the race, Sullivan decided to visit each candidate's web sites.

What Sullivan learned on one site did not bode well for that candidate. Actually, it's what was not learned about Rodenhuis that had Sullivan concerned, he writes on his Daggle blog.

On the Saturday before today's election, Rodenhuis' website was down, and would remain so all day, something Sullivan found "crazy."

It was also ironic given what Sullivan suspected to be the problem: the deputy treasurer hasn't paid enough money to keep the site up. The "bandwidth exceeded" message received on the site "is common if you've picked a really cheap web hosting company that nickle-and-dimes you on the bandwidth front," Sullivan writes.

"Paying the bill for more bandwidth will fix the problem. I have no idea of Rodenhuis has tried this yet or not. He has no Twitter account that I can reach him on. His Facebook page doesn't appear to be monitors. I left this message yesterday on his page, saying that his site is down:

"So far, no reply. Heck, I'd call him just to tell him, because he simply might not know. But the web site, which I can read through cached copies at Google and Bing, doesn't seem to have a phone number listed."

Sullivan then went "really old school" and consulted the sample ballot the OC Registrar of Voters sent via snail mail to see if Rodenhuis left a phone number with his statement.

Nope.

All that was listed was the web address--for the site that was not functional.

By comparison, rival Freidenrich, whose phone number was listed on the hard copy of the sample ballot, had a functional web site every hour leading up to today's vote.

One supposes the Rodenhuis campaign could spin that having a cheap web hosting company is a sign of the candidate's frugality.

Of course, getting that message out would be the problem.


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