ROSEVILLE – The battle over California’s Fourth Congressional district continues – and it appears it will be two Republicans on the ballot in November.
During Tuesday’s primary, U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, a Republican, easily outpaced his two rivals to head to the November ballot while newcomer Art Moore appears to have narrowly beat out a third candidate to get a place on the ballot in November as well.
According to results from the California Secretary of State’s Office, McClintock pulled 55.5 percent of the vote while Moore won 22.8 percent and third place finisher Jeffrey Gerlach grabbed 21.6 percent. More votes – absentees delivered to polls and other ballots arriving just before Election Day – remain to be counted in the coming weeks.
Moore ran an unusual campaign – though he’s a a Republican he campaigned to win the votes of Democrats and independents, with a late mailing touting his support from Democrats in the district.
Meanwhile, McClintock’s mailers provided exposure to Gerlach, a candidate who is not a member of a political party, and it was said that some ardent McClintock supporters chose to vote for Gerlach in the primary in a bid to block Moore.
All of it leaves in question the actual strength of the anti-McClintock group.
Moore, who grew up in Auburn, returned to the area after living away from California for 18 years and was criticized by McClintock for never voting in 18 years – even though he’s 36 years old. Moore says he never voted because, as an Army officer, he wanted to remain non-political.
The sprawling Fourth District stretches from Placer and Nevada counties on the north to Fresno County on the south.
|*||Tom McClintock (Party Preference: REP)||61,301||55.5%|
|Arthur “Art” Moore (Party Preference: REP)||25,184||22.8%|
|Jeffrey D. Gerlach (Party Preference: NPP)||23,870||21.6%|