Brown Concedes to McClintock

Posted December 3, 2008 at 7:16pm

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charlie Brown (D) conceded defeat in California’s 4th district Wednesday, officially making state Sen. Tom McClintock (R) the Congressman-elect who will succeed retiring Rep. John Doolittle (R). Brown, who only narrowly lost to Doolittle in 2006, called McClintock on Wednesday to acknowledge his defeat in the Nov. 4 contest, which the Republican won by 1,576 votes. “With the counts and recounts across district four complete, and more than 370,000 votes tallied, the outcome of this election is no longer in question,” Brown wrote in a message to supporters. “Unfortunately, we’ve come up less than one half of one percent — just under 1,800 votes — short of victory. 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.” Brown’s concession leaves the outcome of just one House race from the 2008 elections up in the air — the open-seat contest in Ohio’s 15th district where votes are still being counted. In Virginia, Democrat Tom Perriello has been certified the winner of the 5th district race, but Rep. Virgil Goode (R) has indicated he will seek a recount.