Sunday Nov 23 2008
McClintock, Brown claim votes add in their favor as count continues
By: Jenifer Gee, Journal Staff Writer
Both candidates vying for the 4th Congressional District seat are claiming victory is in their reach in a race that officials have yet to call. Republican Tom McClintock’s spokesman Bill George said Saturday the state senator from Ventura County has a 1,566-vote lead over Democrat Charlie Brown. George said with vote tallies complete in Placer and Nevada counties, “there is no mathematical way” Brown can beat McClintock. “The votes are almost all in and the result is no longer in doubt,” George said in a prepared statement. “With the small number of votes remaining to be counted, there is no way Charlie Brown can overcome McClintock’s lead. The Placer County vote total leaves no doubt that Tom McClintock has prevailed in this race and will represent the District in Congress.” Todd Stenhouse, campaign manager for Charlie Brown, said the race “is now closer than it has been a any point since Election Day.” He claims the gap has narrowed to 359 votes with “tens of thousands of votes” yet to be counted. He said they want to ensure that “thousands” of “under votes” are counted and that provisional and absentee ballots were not discarded in error. Brown, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, released a prepared statement Saturday saying McClintock’s declaration of victory is “premature.” ““This has indeed been an historic election with now an equally historic turnout in the 4th District,” Brown said. “With provisional and first-time voter ballots breaking our way by substantial margins in every corner of this district, our campaign remains committed to ensuring that every legal vote is counted, and believe that premature declarations of victory by our opponent are an attempt to disenfranchise thousands of 4th District residents who have faithfully and legally cast their ballots.” According to the Secretary of State’s Web site, McClintock has a 1, 566-vote lead district-wide over Brown. The site states that 100 percent of precincts have partially or fully reported as of Saturday. There are nine counties included in the District 4 race. McClintock has the lead in Butte, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Placer and Sacramento counties. Brown has the lead in Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties. The Journal’s Jenifer Gee can be reached at email@example.com or post a comment at auburnjournal.com.