Capps edges Mitchum in testy congressional campaign
November 6, 2014
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.