McNerney still less than 1% ahead of Harmer as vote count continues

Congressman insists that trend line shows he has an 'insurmountable' lead

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has declared victory in his bid for re-election to a third term in Congress even as thousands of ballots are still being counted and with a winning margin of less than 1 percent over his Republican challenger David Harmer.

At 4:19 p.m. yesterday, however, Secretary of State Debra Bowen continued to call it a "closse race."

The vote at that time, she reported, shows McNerney with 110,548 votes, or still at 47.9%, nchanged from Thursday, Harmer with 108,858 votes, or 47.0%, and American Independent party candidate David Christensen as of late yesterday had received 11,823 votes, or 5.1%.

With campaign supporters chanting "Jerry, Jerry, Jerry" and a roomful of media reporters on hand Thursday afternoon, McNerney said, "it's pretty clear" that when the majority of votes came in Wednesday night showing him up by more than 1,600 votes, he had won the election.

"That was an insurmountable lead given the number of votes still out there," McNerney said. The trend is very clear. The lead is insurmountable."

McNerney acknowledged that there are still at least 11,000 votes yet to be counted in the four counties the 11th Congressional District covers: Alameda, San Joaquin, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties.

But a majority of them came in on provisional ballots on Election Day," he said. "We had a very strong lead then and it would take a very significant change in the trend for my opponent to get enough votes to overcome that 1,600-vote lead. It's just insurmountable at this point."

Harmer, however, disagreed, saying it would be premature to concede while the votes are still being counted.

At his press conference, McNerney said he was "truly humbled and honored" by his re-election victory, adding, "I intend to do my best to serve this community for the next two years."

"My district staff and official staff have been reaching out for four years in helping me establish relationships throughout the district, Democrats and Republicans, alike," he said. "This is a wonderful district from Morgan Hill in the south to the Tri-Valley here where we're standing and to San Joaquin County. I want to thank voters for believing in me and all that we've been able to accomplish over the last four years."

McNerney said voters on Nov. 2 made it clear that the economy and jobs are a national priority and they're also his.

"My number one focus is on creating jobs throughout our country but especially right here in our district, right here where we have so much talent and so much opportunity and trusted resources," McNerney said. "We should be able to lead the nation in economic recovery and I want to do everything I can to make sure that happens. "

McNerney said he also will remain firm on his support of health c are reform.

"Health care is going to be a very popular program," he said. "I don't see it can be overturned, and I am standing firm. Health care security will help businesses by reducing the cost of health care. That was a very big part of the motivation that I had on promoting health care and supporting the health care reform legislation."

McNerney said he will leave next week to return to Washington and then back again after Thanksgiving for the final session of the 111th Congress.

Meanwhile, registrars in the four counties in the district continue to tally votes with a final count and their certification to come no later than Wednesday, Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving.

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Posted by Ngo Loon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2010 at 8:58 am

It's really sad to contemplate we have two more years of this buffoon. It's also sad that that the Tri-Valley has become a fully participating member of the Socialist Republic of the Bay Area. The cities are going broke, the countries are going broke, the state is broke, and the U. S. is going broke; yet the lefty loons want to tax more and spend more.

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Nov 12, 2010 at 9:55 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Loony left=Chet. I'm stil wondering what McNerney lemmings stand to gain from his apparent re-election. All the while, the taxpayers lose....

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Posted by A mom
a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 12, 2010 at 10:12 am

I'm just hoping that when redistricting comes back all of P-town can be in the same district....the way it is currently is asinine!!! How can a Representative represent his/her district, when the district isn't all in the same location, and a town of 75,000 people is divided into 3 different Representative districts!!!

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Posted by MarkHMoulton
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

Assuming no surprises, congratulations to Congressman McNerney and the volunteers who worked for him. We are fortunate to have a man of his accomplishments and thoughtfulness.

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Posted by someguy
a resident of Danville
on Nov 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

Jerry McNerney is a genuinely decent guy who works very hard to represent the best interests of a diverse district. We are lucky to have Jerry instead of someone who is a typical political player.

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Posted by Jim Van Dyke
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

The only Ph.D. in Congress wins, and he does it will real new ideas on alternative energy that are vital to lower costs, global competition and national security!

Jerry is not only brilliant, he's also a no-nonsense down-to-earth person that can help lead rather than just cave in to big-business or biglabor lobbyists.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:12 pm

It's time for everybody to The election OVER, you can all go home and cry your eyes out!!!

Does the Tea Party still exist? just asking...

I think that Democrats took the state because of the Tea Party loonies...tee hee hee, eeh eeh eet...

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Posted by Nixon
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Game over. Congrats to Jerry and his incredible ground organization -He's a completely decent, hardworking, down-to-earth, what-you-see-is-what-you-get pragmatist. More liberal than conservative, but not an idealogue. Thank you David Christensen, Nader of the Right, without whom this outcome would not have been possible. Now, let the redistricting and nonpartisan primary fun begin.

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Posted by John
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I hope these results hold up because it's a clear victory for veterans, who continue to give so much and ask for nothing. McNearney has lead several initiatives for vets, and I would hope that he will continue to do so.

@Ngo and Steve: Nice. Real conversation starters there, guys.

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Posted by kickthebumout
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Nov 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm

i am soooo disappointed that mcnerney will probably win. i personally was responsible for getting 50 votes for harmer. next time I will have to try harder. mcnerney lies. as far as healthcare is concerned there will be no increase in hiring because all the companies are realizing their costs of this monstrosity. i am a business owner & will not be hiring any new employees even though i could use them. once the bill (& costs) go into effect I will probably have to downsize by 4 or 5 people.

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Posted by Mainstreamer
a resident of Mission Park
on Nov 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I am relieved to see Jerry McNerney has been re-elected. His support of penalties for job exporters, tax-incentives for small businesses, and support for green industry is a great formula for economic recovery. I wonder if the new Republican House majority has the good sense to adopt his reasonable ideas.

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Posted by Michael Johnson
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm

McNerney is afraid of his own district. This weasel hid from his constituents during the health care fights and is now doubling down on this disastrous legislation. There will be fewer doctors, longer queues, and poorer health care quality because of this hack.

And then there's wind power. A "power" source that can't carry the base load and is entirely dependent upon government (your tax) dollars. McNerney epitomizes the Pelosi liberal. Loves those industries that can curry favor with politicians but can't deliver market value.

Mcnerney: after reapportionment, you're going down. Fraud and a coward.

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Posted by Sarah ames
a resident of Civic Square
on Nov 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Mcnerney voted to gut the U.S. Healthcare system for what - 8,000 people according to the HHS....that's right - only 8,000 people have signed up for the government insurance pools for pre-existing conditions....vs mcnerney's estimate of 375,000....a complete fraud and hack who lives in a liberal fantasy world.

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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm

This thread has some real chucklers. I like the one from the "business owner" who will likely let go "4 or 5 employees" when health care legislation takes effect. So, if I decode properly what is implied is that he runs a business that provides no employee health insurance benefits to begin with, and when he has to provide these benefits by law he must let go 4 or 5 employees and squeeze more work out the the remainder so his costs do not increase. His revenue is dependent upon supplying the cheapest services or products possible and he currently does this by hiring "minimal" wage employees with no benefits. Great example!!!! (And to make a statement to not hire employees even though they are needed calls into question the business acumen of the poster.)

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Nov 13, 2010 at 6:49 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Michael Johnson's comments: "Mcnerney: after reapportionment, you're going down. Fraud and a coward." I have stated in past PW postings that I have never been happy with the gerrymandering of the 11th District. I firmly believe that Tracy, Stockton, et al should have their own Representative to the House.

Having said that, our Tri-Valley has always been a largely highly educated and economically diverse group (at least since I have been here from 1956 as a 3-year old). We are conservative when it comes to family values and when seeking greater economic benefits. But, we are different from the Central Valley. We see the "we" in society. I suspect that many of you see the "me" in society. So, I hope when redistricting comes about that Representative McNerney is still our (we)Representative.

Also, Michael Johnson, I will not let you go unchallenged by your comments that Representative McNerney is a "Fraud and a coward." He has more courage, honesty and fidelity in his little pinky that you have in your entire body. BTW, he has the support of some courageous Republicans, too.

Mr. Johnson, if you think you have what it takes, then please run for office. I would really like to see how it's done.

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