Yorba Linda is the lone north Orange County city to have a majority of its voters give their presidential ballot to Donald Trump, with Brea, Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma and Placentia all favoring Joe Biden in this month’s general election vote tally.
Trump’s percentage of Yorba Linda’s vote increased to 57.8% from 56.6% in 2016, but still fell behind the 68.1% won by Mitt Romney in 2012 and the 64.3% won by John McCain in 2008. Biden took 40.3% of the city’s vote, with four minor party candidates garnering 1.8%.
Yorba Linda also had the highest voter turnout of the seven north county cities at 91.5% of the city’s 47,401 registered voters, with 73.4% of the city’s votes cast by mail. Yorba Linda turnout in previous presidential years: 85.6% in 2016, 77.3% in 2012 and 81.6% in 2008.
Interestingly, 782 or 1.8% of Yorba Linda voters who cast ballots didn’t mark a choice in the presidential race. The non-presidential voters in other north county cities ranged from 1.2% in Buena Park to 1.9% in Brea.
In other races, Yorba Linda voters favored winner Young Kim (64.8% of the vote) over Yorba Linda resident Gil Cisneros for Congress, Ling Ling Chang (65.5%) over winner Josh Newman for state Senate and winner Phillip Chen (68.1%) over Andrew Rodriguez for state Assembly.
Here’s how other north county cities voted (all rounded percentages are based on the number of votes cast in each race, not the total ballots cast in each city because not all voters marked a choice in every contest):
Brea: Turnout was 89.6% of the city’s 28,764 registered voters, with Biden winning 50.5% over 47.6% for Trump. Other city winners: Kim (55.6%), Chang (55.1%) and Chen (58.2%).
Buena Park: Turnout was 83.3% of the city’s 41,941 registered voters, with Biden winning 56.5% over 41.5% for Trump. Other city winners: Cisneros (55.6%), Newman (50.9%) and Sharon Quirk-Silva (58.9%) over Cynthia Thacker for Assembly.
Fullerton: Turnout was 85.3% of the city’s 64,993 registered voters, with Biden winning 57.4% over 40.2% for Trump. Other city winners: Cisneros (52.3%), Newman (53.3%) and Quirk-Silva (57.5%).
La Habra: Turnout was 85.4% of the city’s 32,493 registered voters, with Biden winning 56.4% over 41.5% for Trump. Other city winners: Cisneros (54.1%), Newman (55.1%) and Rodriguez (53.3%).
La Palma: Turnout was 88.7% of the city’s 9,492 registered voters, with Biden winning 55.9% over 42.4% for Trump. Other city winners: Linda Sanchez (68%) over Mike Tolar for Congress, Newman (50.9%) and Quirk-Silva (56.2%).
Placentia: Turnout was 88.6% of the city’s 30,109 registered voters, with Biden winning 51.8% over 46.2% for Trump. Other city winners: Kim (52.4%), Chang (52.6%) and Chen (55.2%).
Also, Yorba Linda Water District Director Al Nederhood won the two years remaining on an Orange County Municipal Water District term (60.6%), beating Brea business owner Scott Hupp (20.1%) and Buena Park Mayor Fred Smith (19.3%).
Jim Drummond is a longtime Yorba Linda resident. He gives his opinion on local issues weekly. Send e-mail to email@example.com.
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