Rep. Tom McClintock easily cruised to reelection against an underfunded fellow Republican.
McClintock was leading Art Moore 59 percent to 41 percent when the Associated Press called the race with 29 percent of precincts reporting.
For McClintock, a three-term congressman who served 22 years in the California Legislature, Tuesday’s contest against Moore provided a new general election challenge – a fellow Republican for an opponent.
Moore, a businessman and military officer, entered the race at the last moment last spring, surprising McClintock in the top-two primary and fending off an independent candidate to advance to the runoff.
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Underfunded and saddled by the fact that he never voted until this June – at age 36 – Moore tried to portray McClintock as out of touch with his constituents. In the campaign’s one debate, he hit McClintock, of Elk Grove, for living outside the Roseville-centered district and for accepting a taxpayer-funded pension despite refusing to do so in the past.
Moore also criticized him for voting to shut down the government last year, saying the protracted closure had “catastrophic” effects on the district and on the nation’s national security posture.
McClintock, meanwhile, hammered on Moore’s failure to vote. He also challenged the premise that he can’t work with Democrats, noting that a bill he authored to dedicate 40 acres of surplus Bureau of Land Management property to the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians for housing was one of just 163 signed into law this past session.
Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago