Political Notebook

August 29, 2014

Republican Moore courts Democrats in bid to upset incumbent McClintock

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The Oakhurst Democratic Club says it wants to “maximize political candidate exposure to membership regardless of party affiliation.”

Art Moore, a Republican seeking the 4th Congressional District seat, is only too happy to help the club in its effort. The reason? Moore needs Democrats to vote for him in November.

Moore — who is part of a small group of aspiring politicians who have benefited from the state’s new top two primary — will speak to the club next Saturday morning at the Oakhurst Denny’s.

Under the old primary election rules, Moore would not have been in the November general election.

Fellow Republican Tom McClintock, who also happens to be the incumbent, easily finished first in the three-person field, winning more than 56% of the vote. The old rules said the top finisher from each political party advanced to the general election.

But the state’s new primary rules say the top two finishers, regardless of political party, move on to the November election. And Moore finished second out of three candidates with almost 23% of the vote.

Now, it’s Republican McClintock vs. Republican Moore.

Already, Moore has staked out a position to the political center, which is left of the ultra-conservative McClintock.

There’s no doubt McClintock will appeal to — and win votes from — the district’s conservative Republicans. And there are plenty of them.

For Moore to have any chance, he must put together a coalition of all Democrats and moderate Republicans — and independents that hold those political philosophies — if he wants to have a chance to upset McClintock.

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