Harmer, McNerney still in Washington as 11th Congressional District ballot count goes on
Harmer asks supporters to contribute to help pay cost of possible recount
Both 11th District Congressional candidates in the Nov. 2 General Election are still in Washington, D.C. even as the voter registrars in the four counties the district covers continue counting ballots.
Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) is at his desk in the House of Representatives for a short one-week session before the Thanksgiving recess. He plans to return again after Thanksgiving for the final session of the 111th Congress.
Also in Washington is McNerney's Republican challenger in the still-undecided 11th District race, David Harmer. Harmer is attending orientation briefings for new members of Congress.
"Since we don't yet know whether I'll become a new member of Congress, I'm participating with a unique blend of apprehension and hope," Harmer said in an email to supporters.
Again yesterday, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported on just how undecided is this race.
As of 3:39 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, she said the latest vote count in the 11th Congressional District race was the same as she reported a day earlier. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has less than a 1 percent lead over his Republican challenger David Harmer, with several thousand ballots yet to be counted.
The vote as of yesterday afternoon showed no change from Tuesday's report, which had McNerney and Harmer both with slight numerical gains but with no change in the percent of total votes received. According to Bowen, McNerney as of Wednesday afternoon has received 111,338 votes, or still at 47.9%, Harmer has 109,581 votes, or 47.0%, and American Independent party candidate David Christensen as of late yesterday had received 11,931 votes, or 5.1%.
Still, McNerney remains convinced that he has won re-election to a third term in Congress.
"The trend is very clear," McNerney said. "The lead is insurmountable."
Harmer, however, disagreed, saying it would be premature to concede while the votes are still being counted.
"Last night, at a dinner for the Republican freshmen in the Capitol's magnificent Statuary Hall, I sat just a few feet from the site of John Quincy Adams's old desk as Republican leader and soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke of our charge from the American people," Harmer said on Tuesday.
"To ensure an accurate count of the remaining ballots, to prepare for a possible recount, and to do our best to complete the campaign successfully, we need to raise much more money," Harmer said in a message to his supporters. "If you haven't already done so, please consider contributing to our recount fund. Contributions of any amount are welcome, appreciated, and needed."