Doolittle edges Brown in District 4 | SierraSun.com

Doolittle edges Brown in District 4

Sun News Service

Although Rep. John Doolittle edged out Charlie Brown in a tough election race, the Democratic challenger was winning Nevada County as of last night.

Doolittle, R-Roseville, led Brown by 5 percent in District 4 after more than 80 percent of the votes were counted as of midnight. Late last night, Brown conceded the race, according to spokesman Todd Stenhouse.

In Nevada County, however, Brown was ahead by more than 10 percent with more than half the precincts counted – the only county in the district where he was in the lead.

Placer County voters favored Doolittle, with 49 percent of the votes coming in for the incumbent. Brown collected 47 percent of the vote, and Libertarian candidate, Truckee’s Dan Warren, pulled in 5 percent.

Doolittle trumped opponents by wider margins in previous elections, winning 65 percent of the 4th District’s vote in the last two races. Support for the incumbent has been weaker in Nevada County, with 58 percent of residents voting for him in 2004.

Brown raised double what Doolittle pulled in during the past three weeks of the campaign. Brown raised about $250,000 during that period. In total, however, Doolittle raised $2.85 million, while Brown netted $1.4 million, according to campaign finance filings.

Doolittle held an advantage in California’s 4th Congressional District – which covers the northeast portion of the state – where 48 percent of voters are registered Republicans and 30 percent are registered Democrats. Five percent voted for Dan Warren, the Libertarian candidate from Truckee, in both the district and countywide results.