It’s also the case that none of the county supervisors are on the ballot this year, leaving them freer to use “immigration as a dog whistle,” said Louis DeSipio, a professor of political science and Chicano studies at UC Irvine. “The supervisors reflect the older Orange County,” DeSipio said. “The county is changing. ... In some competitive areas, there is a strong groundswell behind more moderate candidates,” including Democrats running for Congress. “It’s not a liberal bastion, but it’s probably not as conservative as it’s coming across” at the supervisors’ meeting, he said.

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