An Electoral Nightmare and Ethnic Politics in the OC

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Orange County is no longer a bastion of white Republicanism; it has its own brand of political diversity. Three weeks ago, two Vietnamese Americans upset the establishment favorites in a special election for County Supervisor.  The margin of victory was seven votes.  After a recount, the margin is still seven vote, but the winners and losers have changed places.  Adding to the confusion, both candidates have the same last name.  Janet Nguyen is the current winner.  Trung Nguyen has gone from winner to loser.  We hear more about an electoral nightmare in a county that no longer fits its white Republican stereotype. 




Warren Olney