At times, the race between McClintock and former Congressman Ose got pretty nasty. McClintock painted Ose as an out-of-touch liberal Republican…and Ose called McClintock a carpetbagger from Southern California.
But when asked about the tone of the race after declaring victory last night – McClintock showed no signs of resentment.
"It was a victorious race (chuckles) and the people have spoken so decisively, I don’t think there’s anything more I can add."
Both McClintock and Ose campaigned on similar themes: securing national borders, cutting taxes and boosting the military. But McClintock says he stood out because of his legacy in the state Legislature.
"The people of this district know me. They’ve had a front row seat to the debates in the Legislature over the past 22 years as I’ve led the conservative wing of our party."
Now, McClintock gears up for a battle with Democrat Charlie Brown in November. Brown narrowly lost to incumbent GOP Congressman John Doolittle two years ago.
Doolittle decided not to run again. He’s retiring as FBI investigators look into his connections with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The heavily-Republican 4th congressional district runs from Sacramento’s northeast suburbs to the Oregon and Nevada borders.