In Orange County, recall defeat echoes years of GOP erosion
But a map of preliminary 2021 results from Vance Ulrich, of the non-partisan consultancy Redistricting Partners, shows that Mr Newsom’s anti-recall campaign is succeeding in places like Garden Grove, Westminster and Santa Ana, towns where Mr. Trump had improved his performance in 2020. Neighborhoods with Vietnamese majority rocked heavily from their support for Mr Trump in 2020 to their opposition to the recall, Mr Ulrich said.
At the same time, Irvine, one of the largest cities in the country where Asians are the dominant group, has become more solidly blue territory.
Marc Marino, 26, has lived in Irvine for most of his life, moving with his parents, of Filipino descent, from Hong Kong as a child. He said his first introduction to politics came through his family’s church, where he remembered leaders defending Proposition 8, the measure to ban same-sex marriage.
Mr Marino said he had finally stopped going to church and now identified himself as “more of a Berniecrate”. Many of her friends at home have also politically separated from their more conservative immigrant parents.
âMost of my friends have moved more to the left,â he said, âwhich I didn’t expect.â
On Tuesday, he voted against the dismissal. As a healthcare worker, he supported Mr Newsom’s response to the pandemic.
Focusing on the pandemic, Newsom’s campaign relentlessly defeated Republican frontrunner Larry Elder as a Trump candidate who wouldn’t prioritize containing the virus.
The statewide result was that 64 percent of vaccinated independent voters opposed the recall, according to David Binder, Mr Newsom’s investigator. The small group of unvaccinated independents overwhelmingly voted in favor of the recall.