McClintock/Brown race tightens |

McClintock/Brown race tightens

GRASS VALLEY “-The race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. John Doolittle has tightened, with Republican Tom McClintock holding on to a 709-vote lead districtwide.

With about 40,000 ballots that remain to be counted in the 4th Congressional District, Republican Tom McClintock is asking for volunteers to observe the count in county elections offices throughout northeastern California.

“The process of counting the remaining votes could take several weeks, and the Democrats are bringing people in from around the state and nation,” McClintock wrote in an e-mail to supporters today.

“We need additional volunteers to help staff the office and monitor the vote-counting process. If you can help, please call our headquarters at 916-783-4411.”

The congressional district includes Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Sierra, Plumas and Modoc counties and parts of Sacramento and Butte counties.

Democratic candidate Charlie Brown took Nevada, Plumas and Sierra counties in preliminary tallies by the secretary of state’s office, with McClintock leading in the other counties.