Red rules in record OC turnout
Last updated 11/4/2020 at 1:30am
Blue, Schmoo. Not in this county.
At least not in 2020. Or any time soon.
It was another clean sweep for the Republican Red team headed by President Donald Trump, who won 81% of Orange County's votes in his reelection bid for 2020.
A total of 29,170 county votes were cast for the Republican candidate who shocked the world with his Electoral College win in 2016, versus just 6,534 votes (or 18.2%) for Democrat Joe Biden, with Libertarian and Green candidates getting the remaining 0.8%.
Overall, Orange County beat 2016's record turnout with a total of 36,058 turning in ballots. Less than one in five came on Election Day, with a record 30,550 votes cast in early voting.
A total of 66.3%, just under two out of three, of the county's 54,433 registered voters went to the polls.
In 2016, Orange County set a then-record with 32,142 voters, with 22,865 early voters.
Trump's Orange County margin was a slight improvement on 2016 when Trump won 79.4% of the Orange County vote to 17.9% for Democrat Hillary Clinton.
U.S. Representative Brian Babin won another term in Washington Tuesday by the largest margin of any local contestant in a contested rate.
He pulled 29,277 votes (82.3%) against Democrat Rashad Lewis and two other candidates.
In the state's biggest race, U.S. Senator John Cornyn won 80.5% of Orange County's vote in his bid for a fourth term against former Army helicopter pilot M.J. Hegar.
Two incumbents were defeated and lost their seats on the Orange County Drainage District Board of Directors.
James Scales, the son of former Bridge City Municipal Judge Jimmy Scales, won the Precinct 3 seat over incumbent Randy Fuselier, James Scales' first cousin twice removed, by a 73.3% to 26.7% vote.
In Precinct 2, Larry Ancelot, Jr., defeated incumbent j.b. Arrington 67% to 33%.
All other local incumbents won their races.
In Bridge City, Michael C. Johnson and Mark Anderson retained their school board seats. Johnson won 74.4% of the votes against challenger Keith A. Jones while Anderson won 70.2% of the votes against Cory L. Mitchell, a BCISD candidate for the third year in a row.
In the only contested race for Bridge City council, incumbent Mike Reed won with 64.5% against challenger Kenneth Prosperie.
Another third-time candidate, Charles Ray Thomas, came up 363 votes short to incumbent Paul Burch for Orange City Council Place 6, with Burch winning 52.8% of the 6,471 votes cast.
Dan Mohon, a mid-term appointee, won his first election as Pinehurst mayor after serving two terms as Orange mayor in the last century. He won 64.4% of the 689 ballots cast in his race versus newcomer Troy Pierce.
The only contested race in Orangefield's school district saw former trustee Jude Graffagnino qualify to rejoin the board with 79.1% of the votes cast in a race against Juan Gonzales.