McClintock defeats Morse; looks to continue in office for another 2 yearsBy: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
UPDATED NOV. 8 AT 1 P.M.
Rep. Tom McClintock, representing California’s 4th Congressional District, will continue for another two years as the longtime Republican incumbent easily beat challenger Democrat Jessica Morse in Tuesday’s mid-term election.
District wide, McClintock rounded up 122,636 votes for a total of 55.3 percent of the vote, according to media reports. Morse received 98,956 votes totaling to 44.7 percent of the total vote within the district, which stretches south to Mariposa County near Yosemite and touches the Nevada border.
District 4 also encompasses Placer County, where McClintock beat Morse by 6,662 votes in Placer County, according to the Placer County Elections Office. McClintock totaled 54 percent of the total vote in Placer County with 45,003 votes in a county that traditionally leans conservative. Morse captured 38,341 with a total of 46 percent of the vote, according to the Placer County Elections office.
Morse reached out to Gold Country Media for a statement on her loss.
“I went to bed last night filled with gratitude,” Morse said. While we didn't prevail at the polls, we built a foundation that strengthened our community and built a common vision for leadership that can dissolve the poisonous partisanship threatening our nation.”
Morse thanked her campaign supporters and volunteers.
“I'm honored to be surrounded by neighbors and friends who dropped their lives and poured their hearts into strengthening our community,” Morse said. “In a moment in history where our country is being shredded by fear, anger and partisanship, we rose up and I am grateful to have been part of it."
McClintock celebrated an election party Tuesday night at the Opera House Saloon in Roseville. He gave a victory speech once the projection was made in his favor, first addressing the many supporters and volunteers.
“So many of you thank me for the work I do in Washington. I couldn't do any of that work without the work that all of you do in the precincts,” McClintock said. “The people of the Sierra Nevada have spoken, and once again, they’ve spoken with a very clear and resonant voice for their own freedom. That is the spirit of the SIerra and that’s been expressed in the numbers we see tonight.”
McClintock then released a statement to Gold Country Media on Wednesday.
“Our communities value freedom – the freedom to live our lives with a minimum of government interference – the freedom to enjoy the fruit of our own labor without high taxes that destroy our dreams – and the secure borders and safe neighborhoods in which freedom can flourish,” McClintock said. “These are the policies I have pursued in Washington and will continue to pursue with increased vigor and confidence – knowing that these positions are the clear and decisive will of the vast majority of voters in this district.”