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California 4th District

Open Seat (R)

Candidates

Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown (D)

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Tom McClintock

Tom McClintock (R)

Bio | Campaign Site

California Snapshot

RCP House Ranking: Toss Up

Competitive House Races:
CA-4

Key 2006 State Races:
Governor | CA-4 | CA-11

Polling Data

PollDateSampleBrown (D)McClintock (R)Spread
Daily Kos/R200010/20 - 10/22LV4842Brown +6
Daily Kos/R20009/23 - 9/25400 LV4641Brown +5

Race Summary

The Fourth almost flipped in 2006, when Rep. John Doolittle's ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff left him vulnerable in a comfortably Republican district. Retired Air Force officer Charlie Brown (D) quickly started a second bid, and this time he faces State Senator Tom McClintock (R), the closest thing California has to a conservative standout. McClintock's home is 400 miles away from the Sacramento-based district, which could cause the Republican problems in November.

Previous Election Results

House
2006: Doolittle 49, Brown 46
2004: Doolittle 65, Winters 35

President
2004: Bush 61, Kerry 37
2000: Bush 59, Gore 36