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McClintock defeats Morse in Congressional race

Democrat Jessica Morse, left, is challenging Republican Rep. Tom McClintock, right, in the 4th Congressional District.
Democrat Jessica Morse, left, is challenging Republican Rep. Tom McClintock, right, in the 4th Congressional District. File photos

Rep. Tom McClintock held off Democratic challenger Jessica Morse in his quest for his sixth term in California’s 4th Congressional District seat.

With all precincts reporting from Tuesday’s election, McClintock had 120,601 votes to 97,345 for Morse (55 percent to 45 percent).



In a tweet, McClintock thanked his supporters.

Morse doubled McClintock’s fundraising ($3.2 million to $1.6 million), but McClintock’s support in his district has proven sturdy in his previous re-election bids. The incumbent has cruised to victory in all five of his bids. According to FiveThirtyEight, Morse only had a 15 percent chance of winning going into the race.

But Morse worked to gain all the ground she could on McClintock and the race grew contentious as Election Day neared, with both candidates trading attacks. Even before the race began, Morse pointed out the McClintock lived in Elk Grove, a Sacramento suburb just outside district lines.

McClintock responded by reminding voters that Morse only moved into the district in 2017 when she moved from Carmicheal to Pollock Pines.

The two candidates held one public debate, hosted at Mariposa County High School in Mariposa. There, the two candidates expressed their views on immigration, wildfire prevention and healthcare.

Morse called McClintock a “career politician” and accused him of voting with his party and not his district. McClintock countered with jabs of his own, calling into question the “Medicare for all plan” he said Morse supports.

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