(Note, this was written at the time of the meeting on my mobile device, there may be errors.)
Well, it's time for the after-action report:
We won aliso viejo, costa mesa, la habra, laguna beach and laguna woods, Stanton, and Santa Ana. Obama won almost every Orange County city following the 5 freeway.
Wins in the 47th CD with the re-election of Loretta Sanchez, state assymbly wins in the 56th and 59th districts, two seats on Coast community college district, Lori Galloway was re-elected for Anaheim City Council, we won the Mayor's race in Irvine as well as two city council seats. Won Mayor of La Habra. Won a council seat in San Juan Capistrano. Won a council seat in Staton and Tustin.
Democrats reported a gain in party registration, while Republicans declined according to the final registration numbers.
Over 14,000 phone calls and over 19,000 door to door contacts were made by the Yes We Can California office.
Mid-December will see the release of the Statement of Votes.
Well it is the day after, Barack Obama is now the 44th President of the United States, Prop 4 was defeated, Prop 8 was a disappointment, but the main story out of Orange County is just how much the county changed in this election.
John McCain won 50.9% of the vote in Orange County, that is the lowest number for a Republican presidential candidate in a two-way race in Orange County. When you look at the numbers back when Clinton was in a three way race, the total was 43.9 for Bush.
Following the 5 freeway, Orange County has turned blue in the cities of Santa Ana (has been blue for a while), Anaheim, Irvine, Buena Park, Stanton, Cypress, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, and La Habra. Parts of Anaheim Hills show shades of blue as well as Orange, Tustin, and Laguna Niguel. Yorba Linda, Villa Park, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach remained firmly in Republican hands.
Even in areas where Republican voters should have voted in higher numbers, McCain could only gain weak support. This might say something about the selection of the candidate and those issue voters. When Scott Baugh, the Orange County GOP Chair states that even 17% of Republicans in Newport Beach voted for Obama, that is a sign that there is something functionally deficient in the way that the Republican party "herds their cats" so to speak.
It might just be my ears still ringing from the heck of an Election Night party last night by the Democratic Party of Orange County, but instead of the line being "Katie, Bar the Door," it should be "Scott, Bar the Door." The Democrats have become a driving force in Orange County and will only gain in numbers over the next four years.