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UPDATED: Travis Allen Wins Assembly Race

The Huntington Beach businessman defeats Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar for the 72nd Assembly District seat.

A Huntington Beach businessman beat a Los Alamitos mayor in the fierce election battle for the new 72nd Assembly District Tuesday.

With all precincts counted, Travis Allen garnered 55.7 percent of the vote, giving him an edge over Troy Edgar’s 44.3 percent, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters. By the time all ballots were counted early Wednesday morning, Allen led Edgar by 12,334 votes -- 60,732 to 48,398.

Edgar declined to comment about the results. His campaign said he would release a statement Wednesday. 

Early returns had shown Allen with a slim 411 vote lead over Edgar, and as the night wore, on that lead increased. Even before Allen’s lead, a subdued mood settled over Edgar’s Huntington Beach headquarters as news of Obama’s reelection hit home to the 20-30 gathered Republicans.

Despite the growing gap, Edgar supporters held out hope late into the evening.

At 9:30 p.m., Edgar supporter and friend Bruce Barrett said he thought Edgar could still win.

“It’s not what I want to see but…ultimately I think it will change and go in our favor,” Barrett said. “It’s a little nerve-wracking to be honest, but you never know what’s going to happen.”

“I’m fairly confident he’ll pull it off,” Barrett said.

Seal Beach Mayor Pro Tem Gary Miller said he attended the party to support Edgar in his campaign.

“I worked with him, and I know he’s a good man,” Miller said. “He’s always been thinking, you know, not of just Los Alamitos but the greater community.”

As the race’s gap widened, Edgar campaign staffer Nicole Stygar said Patch could not speak with Edgar. And it got quieter from there. As it grew closer to 11 p.m. Edgar’s headquarters grew emptier.

However, Edgar intern Vince Vu said he felt “frustrated” by the growing gap between Edgar and Allen and that he felt a “slight fire burning” inside and a “sense of injustice” over the news. 

Allen, who was scheduled to attend the county GOP celebration in Costa Mesa Tuesday night, did not return calls for comment.

The 72nd Assembly District will represent Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Westminster and part of Santa Ana.

met00 November 07, 2012 at 09:36 AM
Congratulations to Travis Allen for running an excellent campaign. The only sad part of this whole ordeal is that now I, as a Los Alamitos resident, am stuck with Troy Edgar for another two years. Maybe someone can do something about that next....
JUDITH KLABOUCH November 07, 2012 at 01:28 PM
So sorry the better man did not win. However LOS ALAMITOS CITY COUNCIL WILL BE BETTER WITH TROY IN PLACE
Roy Reynolds November 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
It's pretty simple, and the usual rules apply. The better man won. The better, more energized, more organized campaign of primarily volunteers won. The guy who signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge won. The guy who personally promised not to raise taxes lost -- because he lied and did just that by authoring a tax increase as the Mayor of Los Alamitos -- that tax passed yesterday and his residents will now be paying 5% on their cell phones on top of their home telephones. The guy with no political experience won. The guy with all the endorsements from the party regulars lost. And that's about the only good thing that happened in California yesterday.
met00 November 08, 2012 at 06:36 AM
LMAO. Really? This is a guy who has been attempting to force down the citizen's throats plans that help Cypress and hurt Los Alamitos. This is the man that pushed through a trash contract that costs business, like Green Street Interiors, TWICE as much as the "lowest responsible bidder". This is the guy who has been attempting to sell the community on how slowing down traffic on Los Al Blvd between Katella and Cerritos is a good thing when it is the primary North-South route used by about 2/3 of the HS students five days a week. This is the same guy who is trying to steal the fourth corner from Rossmoor. This is the same guy that has violated the Brown Act over EIGHT times in one year. This is the same Troy Edgar who created a fraudulent city document. "Will be better"? The best thing carpetbagger Edgar can do is say "goodbye" to Los Alamitos and go back to Rossmoor where he came from.
met00 November 08, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Roy, I disagree with Travis on many points, including his no tax pledge. But, I also have found that Travis is an active listener. That he doesn't disregard an idea because of where it comes from, but listens and gives every idea a chance to germinate rather than killing it outright. I also found that Travis is something that doesn't come along all that often in politics; honest. So, I may not agree with him most of the time, but he listens and is straight forward. Two things that Troy Edgar didn't bring to the table. Travis was able to build a coalition of supporters from across party boundaries in his run for Assembly. That was because he wasn't beholding to any party. When he gets to Sacramento I hope he remembers that. This is NOT about the (R) or the (D), but about a man who was willing and happy to work across from people who had strong differences of opinion from him to find common ground. If Joe had been running I would have voted for Joe who like Travis is honest and straight forward [not because he is a (D), but because he and I agree on more issues than Travis and I, and he is much like Travis in his desire to work to common ground). Even with their differences of opinions on many issues, even Joe was able to find the common ground with Travis that allowed him to endorse across party lines. That would have never happened with Edgar. Yes, The better candidate won.

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