Votes in the protracted ballot count in the 11th Congressional District apparently stopped late Friday, with results late that day continuing to show only a slight increase in the totals for the three candidates: Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-California), his Republican challenger David Harmer, and American Independent Party candidate David Christensen.
As of 6:20 p.m. Friday in the most recent report issued by her office, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported that McNerney continues to lead Harmer by less than 1%, a percentage difference that has remained the same for more than a week. Meanwhile, county registrars in the four counties the 11th District represents are continuing to count absentee and provisional ballots taken to polling places on Election Day Nov. 2, but not counted at the time.
Bowen's office reported that although all three candidates has slight numerical gains Wednesday, the change was not significant enough to affect the 0.9% lead McNerney has over Harmer. As of Wednesday afternoon, McNerney had received 111,438 votes, or still at 47.9%, Harmer had 109,655 votes, or 47.0%, and Christensen had 11,943 votes, or 5.1%.
Both McNerney and Harmer were in Washington, D.C. last week but returned as Congress recessed for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.