With House seats up for grabs, will Orange County skew left or right?

Feb 1, 2018


US Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA 49th District), who unexpectedly announced his retirement in January, arrives for a meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York.; Credit: BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images


All eyes are on Orange County as the once predictably conservative region could swing to the left this November.

Democrats are running on the momentum of the 2016 presidential election where a startling number of constituents voted for Hillary Clinton.

As reported by Buzzfeed, Republican Representatives Darrell Issa and Ed Royce will not be seeking reelection, and with changing demographics and opposition to President Trump, Democrats are capitalizing on the shift.

In California’s top-two primary system, all candidates compete in a June primary. The top two will go on to the general election.

So who are the major players and what are the chances that November’s election will drop the “Orange Curtain” separating conservative O.C. and liberal L.A.?


Raphael J. Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles; author of “Politics in Black and White: Race and Power in Los Angeles

Reed Galen, chief strategist of the Serve America Movement, a Denver-based political strategy organization; he was deputy campaign manager for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election campaign, and worked on George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns

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