In California, Another Vietnamese GOP Candidate Threatens Dem Establishment

Van Tran, who’s running against Loretta Sanchez for California’s 47th District and appears to have a very good shot at winning, might be the second Vietnamese Republican in the House of Representatives if things continue as they’re going.

Clearly, Tran has Sanchez worried. And it looks like she just committed a revealing mistake – playing the race card…


As of last month, Tran was only two points behind Sanchez. This boneheaded racialization of a House seat – which is somewhat familiar to what Cao has dealt with at times in New Orleans, though never in anywhere as blatant a fashion as the Sanchez statement – probably wasn’t such a smart idea.

CA-47, which includes Santa Ana and Garden Grove and parts of Fullerton and Anaheim in Orange County, is a 65 percent Hispanic district, but it’s about 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. Some 17 percent of the CA-47 electorage is white, while 14 percent are Asian. Sanchez has been getting 60 percent of the vote every two years since redistricting put her in this district, including a 62-38 win against another Vietnamese Republican named Tan Nguyen in 2006, but George W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger each won the district twice in presidential and gubernatorial elections. In 2008, Barack Obama beat John McCain 60-38.

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