Winless on the road

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With Sen. Tom McClintock's announcement that he will run for Congress in Northern California's 4th District, it seems an apt time to review a peculiar fact about his electoral record: He's never lost an election in nine tries in Ventura County, but outside of his home territory he is 0-for-5.

His record on the road:
-- a 1992 loss in a race for Congress in a San Fernando Valley-based district.
-- a 1994 loss in a statewide race for controller.
-- a 2002 loss in a statewide race for controller.
-- a 2003 loss in the gubernatorial recall campaign.
-- a 2006 loss in a statewide race for lieutenant governor.

Maybe 2008 will be the year he racks up his first away win.

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95 percent accurate
Over the last 25 presidential elections, Ventura County voters have backed the winner 24 times, or over 95 percent of the time. It is one of only a handful of counties in the nation that has been such a predictable bellwether.
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