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Bill Orton
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November 6, 2002

MESSAGE OF CONCESSION

(ORANGE COUNTY, CA.) -- With more than half the vote
counted in the 2002 election for state Assembly in his
district, legislative candidate William R. "Bill" Orton
(D-Seal Beach) congratulated his Republican opponent,
who appears certain to win a second term in office.

"The gentleman from Huntington Beach has kept an
overwhelming margin throughout the night, as have
Republicans throughout most of Orange County," said
Orton.

With the exception of Assemblyman Lou Correa,
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and state Senator Joe
Dunn -- all Santa Ana Democrats who are coasting to
victories -- the county has given lopsided margins to
every GOP candidate on the ticket, from Bill Simon on
down to the legislative races.

Even School Superintendent candidate Kathy Smith is
ahead of her Democratic opponent, Sen. Jack O'Connell,
in the OC voting, showing that conservatives pushed
aside the gloom of a poor top-of-the-ticket and came
out to support their candidates, including Harman.

"In his second term in office, I hope that the
gentleman from Huntington Beach finds success at
working with the legislative leaders of both parties
and that he reaches out to the Governor," said Orton. 
"If the Assemblyman truly fulfills the promise of
bipartisanship that he has presented to the press in
these last weeks, then he should do quite well this
coming session."



Bill Orton           Democrat of Seal Beach, California