Democrat Umberg Increases Lead Over State Senator

democrat takes lead in state senate race

SANTA ANA (CNS) - Former Assemblyman Tom Umberg extended his lead over state Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove, according to results in the 34th Senate District race released today by Orange and Los Angeles counties election officials.

Umberg, a Democrat, leads Nguyen by 1,419 votes, a nearly 1,000-vote increase from Monday, the first time he took the lead since Election Day. Umberg leads 50.28 percent-49.72 percent.

Earlier Tuesday before the new vote totals were posted, Umberg released a statement saying he was “encouraged” by the trend.

“We are very encouraged with (Monday's) results and our trajectory,” Umberg said. “However, we are not making any determinations at this moment. We look forward to working with the staff at the Registrar of Voters in Orange and Los Angeles counties to ensure all the remaining ballots in the district are counted.”

On election night, Umberg trailed Nguyen by 7 percent, or nearly 11,000 votes.

Umberg, a former federal prosecutor and Army veteran, served in the Assembly from 1990-94 and 2004-06.

Other races of note that continued tightening since Election Day include the contests for mayor in Anaheim and Santa Ana, though the number of votes available to make a difference have dwindled to about a couple of thousand.

Attorney Ashleigh Aitken trailed former Councilman Harry Sidhu by 892 votes in Anaheim's mayor race. On Monday, she trailed by 1,400 votes.

Sidhu declared victory Nov. 7.

Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, who has been on the City Council since 1986 and mayor since 1994, had his 904-vote lead on Monday dip to 823 votes on Tuesday, but there are only about 1,200 votes left to count.

Overall, there are about 70,000 votes left to be counted countywide. Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley expects to finish counting by next Wednesday.

Democratic congressional candidate Gil Cisneros, who has declared victory with Young Kim conceding as well, increased his lead over her in the 39th Congressional District.

According to the latest tallies released by election officials in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, Cisneros leads by 5,521 votes, up from 4,442 votes on Monday.

All of Orange County's congressional seats will be occupied by Democrats, the first time since 1940 when the county had two congressional districts.

Democrat Katie Porter, who has been declared the winner, leads Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent.

Democrat Harley Rouda leads Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, 53.3 percent to 46.7 percent.

Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee, a Democrat, leads La Habra Mayor Tim Shaw, a Republican, by 902 votes, up from 572 votes on Monday, in the nonpartisan race for the Fourth District seat on the Board of Supervisors. Chaffee leads 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent.

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