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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
YAMASAKI LANDSLIDE in OUSD
A SUPER TUESDAY FOR YAMASAKI
In a clear rebuke of the Orange County Republican Establishment, Orange Unified Republican voters joined with Democrats and Independents and elected Community Advocate Andrea Yamasaki over Republican Establishment Endorsed Greg Salas.
Winning 74 % of the vote, Yamasaki easily won election after her supporters ousted Salas by petition from his appointed post.
Yamasaki won based on her community connections over Salas who's main community connection was that he played on a basketball team with OUSD Trustee Timothy Surridge who admitted he had recruited Salas for the vacancy on the OUSD Board after the resignation of Diane Singer.
Even after being rebuffed by the community in a petition, Salas forced the district to spend over $500,000 on a Special Election by entering the election.
While Yamasaki conducted a flawless campaign, Salas struggled to have a campaign of any significant meaning and could go down as one of the worst local campaigns ever waged.
UPDATE: 3/2/16: 20,822 ballots cast: 19.5%
OUSD Area 1 Vote by Mail Election turn out at 16.7%
(3/1/16 before votes released)
Orange County Registrar's office reports on the all mail ballots reveal that 17,988 ballots were received by today- March 1st, 2016. A total of 107,546 ballots were mailed out bringing the total vote returned to 16.7% as of this posting on March 1st before the final ballots of the day.
Of the 17,988 ballots returned, total of 9,607 ballots were from Republicans (53.4% of the vote). Democrats returned 5,028 ballots (28% of the vote). Independents and minor party votes made up the remaining 3353 ballots (18.6% of the total vote).
OUSD Total Ballots mailed
· Registered Republicans= 47,899 45.5%
· Registered Democrats = 31,126 28.9%
· Other Registration = 28,521 26.6%
Percentages of Total Registered Voting in OUSD election
· Registered Republicans = 20%
· Registered Democrats = 16.2%
· Other Registration = 11.7%
The Orange County Registrar of Voters will continue to release voting results as late ballots postmarked on March 1st continue to arrive.