Election showdown: The final count is in
Tom McClintock’s claim that voters care more about where he stands on the issues than where he lives apparently was the case as he swept to a relatively easy win over former Congressman Doug Ose in the Republican primary.
The state senator from Southern California will now face Charlie Brown, a Democrat from Roseville, in the race to represent the 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House.
Brown, who narrowly lost in 2005 to longtime incumbent Rep. John Doolittle, trounced John Wolfgram in the Democratic primary with 88 percent of the vote.
On Wednesday, Brown was looking forward to the race with McClintock, a candidate he said is steeped in partisan politics.
“Unfortunately, if you look at everything that happened in the Republican primary, it’s all been partisan rhetoric,” Brown said. “Partisanship has caused all these problems. Partisanship has to go.”
McClintock, who was not available to comment on Wednesday, portrayed Ose as a “liberal Republican” in a primary race he consistently said was for the “heart and soul” of the GOP.
Ose, whose campaign characterized McClintock as a “carpetbagger” from Southern California, said Wednesday he was still trying to figure why he was defeated by nearly 12,000 votes in the primary.
“It’s too early for me to understand how the vote went,” Ose said. “But the point of the campaign is to convince the voters, and he did a better job than I did.”
In the 3rd Assembly District race, it was Dan Logue of Marysville who touted himself as the true conservative in the GOP primary race against Sue Horne, a Nevada County supervisor who would bristle when it was suggested she was not conservative enough.
But despite the defense of her conservative credentials, she was only able to win in Nevada County where she received 6,231, or 60 percent, of the votes cast. Logue, meanwhile, got 4,193, or 40 percent, of the vote here.
In the district’s other six counties, it was a different story. Logue, a Yuba Country supervisor who received endorsements from party leaders like Assemblyman Rick Keene of Chico and Sen. Sam Aanestad of Grass Valley, won by large margins in Butte, Yuba, Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties.
Horne fared better in Placer County, where she received 48 percent of the vote.
Logue will compete in the general election on Nov. 3 against Michael Harrington, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.
McClintock, who has ran for several statewide offices and officially resides in Southern California, won all eight counties in the Republican Party’s 4th Congressional District race on Tuesday night.
Overall, he received 42,544 votes, or 54 percent, to Ose’s 30,670 votes, or 39 percent. The margins were much the same in Nevada County where McClintock grabbed 53 percent of the vote to Ose’s 36 percent.
To round out the GOP primary race, Suzanne Jones of Citrus Heights received 5 percent, or 4,239 votes, and Ted Terbolizard of Cedar Ridge received 2 percent, or 1,815, of the votes.
In other races Tuesday night:
• Ed Scofield and Alan Kilborn advanced to the general election on Nov. 3 with 45 and 40 percent of the vote respectively. Bob Joehnck finished third with 15 percent. It would have taken at least 50 percent of the vote to win the race outright on Tuesday night.
• Reinette Senum, David McKay and Robert Bergman won seats on the Nevada City council. Gene Downing finished fourth in the race for three open seats. Senum finished first with 611 votes, while McKay had 555, Bergman had 547 and Downing 277.
• Niel Locke defeated Steve Cottrell in the city clerk’s race, 444 votes to 314.
• Measure N, which is similar to the proposed managed growth initiative in Grass Valley, was losing in Napa County by 600 votes although 5,000 mail-in ballots have yet to be counted. As of Wednesday, 9,988, or 52 percent, of the voters opposed the measure, while 9,304, or 48 percent, of the voters approved the measure.
To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4239.
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