It was the home of Richard Nixon, the cradle of Ronald Reagan’s career and, for decades, a virtual synonym for the Republican Party of California.
Now, for the first time since the Depression, Orange County stands on the verge of choosing a Democrat for president, potentially ending the longest streak of Republican presidential victories of any county in the state.
That possibility symbolizes how the American political map has been upended by Donald Trump’s campaign: He has sped up a decade-long shift in which the GOP has gathered strength in white, blue-collar regions that once routinely elected Democrats, but traditional Republican suburbs increasingly have turned blue.
Donald Trump's campaign Tuesday night said that he “denounces hate in any form” and disavowed support for his candidacy offered by a newspaper associated with the Ku Klux Klan.
The campaign's statement came hours after the Crusader devoted its front page to Trump's well-known campaign slogan.
“ ‘Make America Great Again!’ It is a slogan that has been repeatedly used by Donald Trump in his campaign for the presidency,” wrote Thomas Robb, the paper's editor. “You can see it on the shirts, buttons, posters and ball caps. … But can it happen? Can America really be great again? This is what we will soon find out!”
Hillary Clinton ran a bit late during what was one of her longest days on the campaign trail in months. She took the stage here well after 10 p.m., but fed off the energy of a crowd of more than 4,000, the largest of her three stops Tuesday.
"This is so much fun. But it's really late. I could be here all night," she exclaimed in a speech in which she frequently seemed to veer off prepared remarks.
There were some protesters in the audience and Clinton responded to one more directly than she has tended to in the past.
Fortunately for President Obama, a Donald Trump supporter showed up at the Hillary Clinton rally here on Tuesday, providing a foil who ended up electrifying the rally more than disrupting it.
Obama was right in the middle of denouncing Trump’s unfitness to stand as a champion of the working man — “He wouldn’t let you into one of his hotels unless you were cleaning the room!” — when he noticed a “Make America Great Again” hat in the crowd.
“That guy has never worn a baseball hat,” Obama said, “until he started sellin’ em. ... Check where that was made! Because I bet it was made in China!”
An advisor to Donald Trump appeared to use a vulgar term Tuesday to describe Hillary Clinton and was swiftly condemned by politicians in both parties before apologizing.
The Twitter account of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller tweeted the results of a new poll showing Trump leading Clinton by 1 percentage point in Pennsylvania, but instead of using Clinton’s name, the tweet said "c---" and added, “Go Trump Go!”
Miller is a member of Trump’s agricultural advisory committee and a vocal surrogate for the GOP nominee, appearing recently with him at a rally in Las Vegas. His elected post is powerful in Texas; former Gov. Rick Perry served as agriculture commissioner for eight years.
Hillary Clinton's campaign renewed its calls on Tuesday for Donald Trump to release his tax returns, this on the heels of a report the GOP nominee used an accounting maneuver to avoid reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in income.
"Even though Trump’s own lawyers thought the IRS would likely find the 'legally dubious' scheme he used to avoid taxes was against the law, the Trump campaign still refuses to release his tax returns," said Christina Reynolds, a spokeswoman for Clinton, in a statement.
On Monday, the New York Times reported that in the early 1990s, Trump convinced financial backers to forgive large debts he could not repay, but he avoided having to report the canceled debts as income because he gave the backers equity in his partnerships that owned casinos.
One week before she may be elected the nation's first female president, Hillary Clinton listed the titles she has amassed in her life: lawyer, first lady, senator and secretary of State, as well as wife, mother and grandmother.
"And, for my entire life, I've been a woman!" she declared, to state the obvious.
But her reference to gender was not about the history she could make but for another tough hit against Donald Trump, contrasting her lifetime of public service to his history of "demeaning, degrading, insulting and assaulting women."
As polls tightened in the presidential race, Donald Trump’s campaign and Republican leaders said Tuesday that their get-out-the-vote operation and early returns are stronger than they were four years ago.
“The Trump campaign is on the offensive and we’re expanding our map, expanding our presence in battleground states and in blue states like Michigan and New Mexico, said David Bossie, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, during a call with reporters.
“Republicans have historically lagged Democrats in early voting, but we usually make up the difference with turnout on election day. This year, we are outperforming Mitt Romney while Democrats are underperforming Barack Obama in crucial battleground states. We’ve been able to cut into their lead big -time.”
With a week until election day, Hillary Clinton's campaign will return to the airwaves in Virginia and Colorado, while also airing its first television ads of the general election in Michigan and New Mexico.
The announcement from the Clinton campaign comes as national polls show the race between her and Donald Trump tightening. Already, nearly 25 million votes have been cast in early voting, according to an analysis by the United States Elections project, which tracks voting statistics.
Each of the four states will see a six-figure investment, according to the campaign.