Bernie Sanders at rally in California (Wiki Commons/Courtesy)
Orange County residents voted on issues including, but not limited to, the presidential Democratic nominee and Proposition 13 on March 3, a day formally known as Super Tuesday.
Ballot turnout for the county was 40% higher than the last primary in 2016. For the first time since the Watergate era in the mid 1970s Democrats possessed a slight advantage in registration, with a total of 23,600 more registered Democrats than Republicans.
California has the most electoral votes and the results for Super Tuesday serve as a strong indicator for the likely potential nominee from each political party. These are the results of Super Tuesday in Orange County.
For the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders obtained 34% of the votes, receiving 1.33 million. 26% of the Democrats in the county voted for Joe Biden, putting him in second.
The majority of Republicans voted for current president Donald Trump. With 1,741,617 votes, he acquired 92% of the party’s votes.
The front runners for the American Independent Party were Phil Collins and Roque De La Fuente. A larger part of the county’s voters selected Collins.
The majority of the Green Party voted for Howie Hokins and Dario Hunter. Hawkins took the lead by 36%.
Jacob Hornberger was the candidate who received the nomination for the Libertarian Party in Orange County. His opponent Vermin Supreme was the runner-up.
Out of the two nominees for the Peace and Freedom Party, Gloria Riva, secured the most votes.
The ballot also included nominations for the County Board of Education. Rebecca Gomez, Tim Shaw and Ken Williams Jr. had the largest percentage of votes. Some other selections included Tony Ferrentino, as Superior Court office judge, and Andrew Do and Donald Wagner as county supervisors.
County voters also decided on Measure A, which proposed that taxes be placed on ballots. To be approved, the amendment measurement needed a two-thirds supermajority vote. 78% of voters chose yes during the primary and 21% chose no.
Orange County school districts proposed bond measurements to raise funds through residential property taxes. Out of the 10 school districts, voters in Lowell Joint, Tustin Unified, Rancho Santiago and Anaheim Union approved their individual measures.
For the first time, California held its state primary on Super Tuesday. Along with 14 other states, the voting results provided delegate allocations and helped answer questions that presided over the Democratic primary.