McClintock takes big lead over Ose |

McClintock takes big lead over Ose

Southern Californian Tom McClintock was winning the Republican nomination for Northern California’s 4th Congressional District Tuesday, beating closest rival Doug Ose of Sacramento.

“I’m very grateful to the voters of the county,” McClintock said from a Placer County Republican function.

With just under 80 percent of precincts districtwide counted, McClintock had received 38,525 Republican votes, or 54 percent, in the race to see who will replace Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville, in one of the nation’s staunchest Republican enclaves.

Ose received 27,794 GOP votes, or 39 percent.

Ose’s apparent loss came despite an enormous ad blitz in the final days before the election, as well as his focus on allegations that McClintock improperly accepted a large housing allowance for legislators.

Citrus Heights attorney Suzanne Jones came in a distant third with 5 percent. Ted Terbolizard, of Cedar Ridge, was fourth with 2 percent.

It appears McClintock will now run against Democrat Charlie Brown of Roseville in November. Brown lost to Doolittle by a mere 9,000 votes in 2006, proving Doolittle’s vulnerability due to his links to jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Brown, meanwhile, was trouncing latecomer John Wolfgram, leading with 38,920 votes, or 88 percent, to Wolfgram’s 5,375 votes, or 12 percent.

McClintock expressed confidence about beating Brown in November.

“I was on the same ballot when I ran for lieutenant governor in 2006,” McClintock said. “I got 36,000 more votes than he got in the district.”

Despite being far behind, Ose declined to concede defeat.

“I want to get the votes counted,” he said after midnight. “I spent four months busting my butt.”

McClintock and former Congressman Ose both laid claim to the conservative label during the campaign, trying to paint each other as liberals. Each used his record to say he was more of a tax-cutter than the other.

Their campaigns also focused on who was the bigger “carpetbagger,” because neither one lived in the district.

The Republican majority in the district voted to restore “traditional Republican principals of limited government to the Republican Party and then restore them to the country,” McClintock said.

Terbolizard, who injected an element of stand-up comedy to the normally staid political scene, said he would continue to work the political arena and had been invited to speak at a Republican unity event on Monday.

“From my going out and traveling to all these communities, I can see the consensus of the party, which the leadership doesn’t see, and I can take that to the party,” Terbolizard said. “The ‘less taxes, less government’ message is the only thing that unifies the party. The social issues don’t.”

City Editor Trina Kleist contributed to this report. To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

Congressional District 4

n Tom McClintock 54%

n Doug Ose 39%

n Suzanne Jones 5%

n Ted Terbolizard 2%

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