One down, still four to go.
State Sen. Tom McClintock (R) is the winner in the battle to succeed Republican John Doolittle in California's 4th Congressional District. Doolittle, linked to the convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, retired rather than face Democrat Charlie Brown in a rematch. Two years ago, Doolittle defeated Brown in this rural, conservative district just north of Sacramento by a scant 49-46 percent margin.
McClintock, a strong conservative, had his hands full with Brown. In fact, it was one of three House races from Nov. 4 that were too close to call. Until yesterday.
Brown, trailing by more than 1,500 votes out of nearly 370,000 votes cast, conceded the race.
Still to be decided in the House:
OH 15: Steve Stivers (R) leads Mary Jo Kilroy (D) by 594 votes for the seat of retiring Republican Deborah Pryce.
VA 05: Tom Perriello (D) has declared victory over Rep. Virgil Goode Jr. (R), but Goode is asking for a recount. Assuming Perriello's lead holds, he is the 21st net pickup for House Dems in 2008. Republicans started the year with an 8-3 lead in the Virginia congressional delegation, but they've since lost three seats: VA 05, VA 02 (Dems ousted Thelma Drake) and VA 11 (Dems took open seat of retiring Tom Davis; Davis has since resigned from the House).
Then there are two Louisiana runoffs on Saturday.
In LA 02, Rep. Bill Jefferson (D), under indictment on corruption and bribery charges, faces Republican challenger Anh Cao. The New Orleans-based district is overwhelmingly Democratic, but it will be interesting to see what kind of vote Cao gets.
In LA 04, (Shreveport), where Rep. Jim McCrery (R) is retiring, Republican physician John Fleming faces local district attorney Paul Carmouche (D).