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McClintock says he could lose votes in Nevada County

Jeff Pelline
Sun news service

Tom McClintock predicted he could lose as many as 1,500 votes to Charlie Brown in Nevada County this week, but he remained confident he could make up the difference elsewhere and still win the race, the 4th District Republican candidate told supporters Sunday.

“If Nevada (County’s) numbers are reported first, don’t be surprised if we temporarily slip into negative territory until the much larger counties of El Dorado and Placer report,” McClintock said in the e-mail message.

As of this weekend, McClintock said his lead had increased against Brown slightly to 889 votes out of 313,609 votes counted. An estimated 57,000 votes have yet to be counted.

Democratic candidate Brown also is optimistic about the outcome, as people throughout the nation ” not just in the 4th Congressional District ” watch the count in one of the nation’s last undecided races. The outcome in a staunch GOP district will determine whether Democrats can further bolster their House majority.

Both candidates are still seeking volunteers to help observe the count, as well as asking for contributions. Observing the ballot count is costing more than $5,000 per day, said McClintock.

“We will not rest until we make sure that every single vote is counted,” according to a statement from Brown’s camp.

The review of mail and provisional ballots in Nevada County is proceeding according to schedule, Clerk-Recorder Gregory Diaz told County Executive Officer Rick Haffey last week.

Deputy County Executive Joe Christoffel has been appointed to a board to assist with Diaz’s final decision “regarding protest by observers,” Haffey said in a Friday memo.