Bao Nguyen, underdog Congressional candidate, seeks one more upset

Bao Nguyen beat the odds just to make it onto the November ballot as a congressional candidate.

And if he beats fellow Democrat Lou Correa next month, it will be an upset of upsets even for the Vietnamese American community, an ethnic enclave that has pushed several underdogs to victory over the years.

“Bao Nguyen’s a new-generation, millennial Vietnamese candidate who did really well to come in second in the primary,” said Jodi Balma, a political scientist at Fullerton College. “But he’s far behind Lou Correa.”

In the eight-candidate primary, Correa won 44 percent of the primary vote while Nguyen received 15 percent.

The two are vying to replace Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange, who is stepping down to run for U.S. Senate. While both are Democrats running in the heavily Democratic central county district, there areclear differences in policy, fundraising,…

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