Capitol Alert

McClintock-Morse debate a hot ticket + Messaging climate change

Rep. Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse have scheduled a debate Sept. 23 in Mariposa.
Rep. Tom McClintock and challenger Jessica Morse have scheduled a debate Sept. 23 in Mariposa. Fresno Bee file


The Sierra foothills town of Mariposa has 2,200 people. It has one public high school, and its auditorium will be filled to the brim on Sept. 23.

Demand for tickets to attend a debate there between Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, and Democratic challenger Jessica Morse has been brisk — requests for tickets exceeded available seats at Mariposa County High School by several times.

The Mariposa Gazette, which is hosting the debate at 2 p.m., gave half of the 360 available seats to the McClintock and Morse campaigns, and opened the remaining 180 seats through a lottery.

Greg Little, editor of the weekly newspaper, said names for the 180 tickets were randomly drawn on Tuesday and are now in the process of being distributed to the winners. He said there have been “well over 1,000 requests” since the lottery launched in late-August.

Asked if the paper could relocate the debate to a larger facility, Little said the high school remained the best choice for lighting and audio purposes. But he did note he is meeting with someone Thursday to explore options for live streaming the debate.

FiveThirtyEight’s congressional model gives McClintock a 5-in-6 chance of defeating Morse, while the Cook Political Report lists the district as “likely Republican.” Registered Republicans make up 43 percent of the district, compared to 29 percent for Democrats.

While McClintock is the favorite to win, Morse received an endorsement in July from EMILY’s List, an influential political action committee aimed at electing female candidates. By the end of June, the candidates each raised more than $1 million and had over $500,000 in available cash.

The massive district runs from Roseville south to Fresno County. As McClatchy’s Emily Cadei reports today, both candidates have faced questions about their residency in the district.


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“Californians should be concerned if candidates don’t share their positions and plans to solve the pressing problems facing the state. In addition, this year voters will need to use great care to confirm the validity and trustworthiness of campaign messages. They should seek high-quality information sources and should not rely on campaign messages based on personality, partisan ideologies, and unproven negative statements about the opposition.”

— Dorothy Rothrock, President, California Manufacturers and Technology Association

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