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December 03, 2008

Brown concedes defeat

Republican Tom McClintock is now officially the congressman-elect from California’s Fourth District after his Democratic rival, Charlie Brown, conceded the race this afternoon.

McClintock declared victory earlier in the week, but Brown’s campaign hinted it would ask for a recount. But with McClintock leading by 1,576 votes, Brown today decided not to contest the race.

"Unfortunately, we've come up less than one half of one percent -- just under 1,800 votes -- short of victory," Brown said in a statement. "So a short time ago, I called Senator Tom McClintock to congratulate him on a hard fought victory, and to wish him well in Congress."

McClintock succeeds retiring Republican congressman John Doolittle, who also narrowly defeated Brown in 2006.

The only too close-to-call House race left is in Ohio’s 15th District, where Republican Steve Stivers leads Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy by 594 votes, with up to several thousand provisional ballots left to be counted. 

Two elections are also taking place this Saturday in Louisiana, delayed because of Hurricane Ike. Democrats are hoping to pick up retiring GOP Rep. Jim McCrery's Fourth District seat while indicted Democratic congressman William Jefferson is looking to win another term in the New Orleans-based Second District.