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March 5th State Primary Election (Irvine Results)

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Now that results of the March 5th state primary election have come into focus, Irvine will be expanding the City Council to seven members and transitioning to district elections come November; State Senator Dave Min (D-Irvine) survived an onslaught of negative mailers and ads to become his party’s nominee for Congress; and current Representative Katie Porter (D-Irvine) will soon be out of a job.

As of March 14th, the Orange County Registrar of Voters has counted 670,614 ballots countywide, with an estimated 18,795 still to be counted.

Measure D on the Irvine ballot has won with 60% to 40%. That means the Irvine City Council will be expanded from five to seven seats, with six Councilmembers elected from geographic districts across Irvine plus the Mayor, who will be elected citywide as the seventh member of the Council.

Measure D was put on the ballot by Mayor Farrah Khan, Vice Mayor Larry Agran, and Councilmember Mike Carroll.

Meanwhile, in the 47th Congressional District, which includes Irvine, Republican Scott Baugh and Democrat State Senator Dave Min were the top two vote-getters in the primary, with 33% and 26%, respectively. The two will face off in the November 5th general election. Min’s Democratic rival, Joanna Weiss, captured 19% of the vote. According to Min, the Weiss campaign and several pro-Israel groups spent some $5 million to defeat him.

The 47th Congressional District seat — which will be key in the battle for control of the House of Representatives — is being vacated by Porter, who chose to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Senator Diannne Feinstein. Porter ended up in a distant third place in that statewide race, and will not make the cut for the general election. Democratic Representative Adam Schiff appears to have come out on top and will face Republican Steve Garvey in November.

In other races, State Senator Josh Newman, a Democrat, and former Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, a Republican, are atop the field in the race for the 37th State Senate District — which includes all of Irvine — and will advance to the general election.

Irvine’s Democratic Assemblymember, Cottie Petrie-Norris, will face Republican challenger Scotty Peotter in November.

Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner, another former Irvine Mayor, was able to hold on to his seat after a challenge from Irvine Mayor Farrah Khan.

To follow the latest election results, click here.

Roger Bloom

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