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Ballots fly today for primaries

GOP candidates down to the election wire
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn-area Republicans will join GOP voters around the sprawling 4th District today in deciding on their party’s standard-bearer in next November’s election to replace veteran congressman John Doolittle. Candidates Tom McClintock, a state senator from Thousand Oaks, and Doug Ose, a former 3rd District congressman from Sacramento, are the major Republican combatants for the post Doolittle is stepping down from at the end of the year. Democrat Charlie Brown of Roseville, who came close to defeating Doolittle two years ago, is expected to be the overwhelming choice of 4th District Democrats. Going down to the wire, McClintock’s campaign released radio ads criticizing attack ads — which opponent Ose has been using in the media. “There’s something wrong when all a candidate can do is attack the integrity and patriotism of his opponent,” McClintock says. Ose has been running TV ads with former Gov. Pete Wilson — a well-known opponent of the fiscally conservative McClintock during his days in the Capitol — criticizing the senator and saying he could never count on him. County elections chief Jim McCauley said he’s expecting a 40 percent voter turnout at the polls, which would add up to 73,000 votes being cast out of a possible 183,229. Placer County’s eastern 5th District also has a race on its hands, with three candidates seeking the Board of Supervisors post currently held by Weimar’s Bruce Kranz. Challenging Kranz are Serene Lakes business owner Jennifer Montgomery and Meadow Vista businessman Bob Houston. The 4th District Republican race for Congress has a field of four, with candidates Ted Terbolizard and Suzanne Jones — both little-known in politics before the election — also on the ballot. Polls for registered voters open at 7 a.m. today and close at 8 p.m. McCauley said absentee ballots received before Election Day should be counted early but that because election returns have to be driven from distant areas of the county to be counted at North Auburn’s election division headquarters, an unofficial final count wouldn’t be available until early Wednesday. Absentee ballots turned in or mailed Tuesday would be included in the official count, which usually takes at least two weeks to tally. The early-morning count will be posted early Wednesday on the Journal’s Website. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com.