Capps edges Mitchum in testy congressional campaign

November 6, 2014
Rep. Lois Capps

Rep. Lois Capps

Democratic Rep. Lois Capps won yet another election Tuesday, but she hardly cruised to victory as she has done many times in the past.

Capps narrowly edged Republican challenger Chris Mitchum, who had far less financial backing, yet still managed to garner 48.4 percent of the vote. Capps received support from 51.6 percent of voters.

Late in the campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee purchased $99,000 in radio ads attacking Mitchum.

An alleged coverup of a fatal DUI collision caused by one of her staffers alienated some voters over the past year. Capps allegedly attempted to place former staffer Raymond Morua in a veterans’ treatment facility after he killed a popular Santa Barbara bartender while driving drunk last year.

Capps drew further criticism late in the campaign for running a television ad that took a clip of a Mitchum interview out of context. The ad showed Mitchum saying he would not go to Washington to represent the 24th District, but when viewed in entirety, Mitchum was saying he would not go to Washington to bring back pork.

Capps, 76, has served in Congress since 1997. She will soon begin her 10th term in office and her 9th complete term.


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39 Comments

  1. Mark says:

    Hang on. According to the elections results, Mitchum is ahead 50.12% to 49.88%. These numbers were published on 11/12/14 at 16:26:38. What am I missing? Why am I not hearing about this?

    http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/Assets/CR/Elections/November+4+$!2c+2014+Consolidated+General+Election/UnofficialElectionResults.pdf

    CHRIS MITCHUM 11615 30480 42095 50.12%
    LOIS CAPPS 11543 30343 41886 49.88%

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  2. Slowerfaster says:

    In another part of the state, Democrat Scott Peters of California’s 52nd CD now has an insurmountable lead …and he takes over what had been considered a solid red district !

    (2) 2 Total Votes - 2 up - 0 down
  3. danika says:

    Calls showed her true nature in her out of text TV ad against her opponent. Karma, Lois…Karma….

    (0) 6 Total Votes - 3 up - 3 down
    • danika says:

      Capps…typo! Been so long since I posted, I need a refresher course.

      (-2) 2 Total Votes - 0 up - 2 down
  4. Rambunctious says:

    I wonder if her lead would hold if the ballots were properly scrutinized. I seriously doubt it.

    (-2) 10 Total Votes - 4 up - 6 down
    • bobfromsanluis says:

      Are you seriously questioning Julie Rodewald’s ability to do her job? The integrity of our Clerk’s Recorder’s Office? What is your assertion based on?

      (0) 0 Total Votes - 0 up - 0 down

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