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McNerney wins re-election but opponent won't concede

Harmer wants all votes counted first; says recount possible

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) has clearly won his re-election bid against Republican challenger David Harmer, finishing a full 1% ahead of Harmer with almost all absentee and provisional votes counted in the four counties the district covers.

At 3:37 p.m. Wednesday, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported that with fewer than 2,000 votes yet to be counted, McNerney had received 113,969 votes, or 48% of the total number of votes cast, against Harmer's 111,494 votes, or 46.9%. American Independent Party candidate David Christensen had 12,345 votes, or 5.1%.

But while the last votes counted in San Joaquin County failed to overcome McNerney's lead in Alameda and Santa Clara County, Harmer said he won't concede at this time.

"San Joaquin County accounts for over half the population of the 11th Congressional District," Harmer said in a statement late Wednesday. "The numbers reported on Tuesday confirm that I carried San Joaquin County by a solid margin. At present, it appears unlikely that my margin of victory in San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties will be large enough to overcome the deficits in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. But we don't yet know for sure."

"Given the protracted delay in reporting the results of absentee and provisional ballots, and the fact that thousands of ballots still remain to be counted, pressure to concede is unseemly," Harmer added. "Every legitimate vote should be accurately counted. Having waited three weeks for partial results, we can wait one more week for final numbers."

"Likewise," he continued, "we can't decide whether to request a recount until we know the original district-wide count. As of now, no one does."

The 11th Congressional District race has been one of the closest in the country. Harmer's defeat appeared certain Wednesday when the registrar of San Joaquin County, Harmer's stronghold, finished counting the last 7,000 absentee and provisional ballots. The San Ramon attorney's lead decreased from 4.3% earlier to 3.6%, far below what he needed to overcome McNerney's strong lead in Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

McNerney aide Sarah Hersh said the results made it clear that the congressman has been re-elected.

The Associated Press agreed, transmitting a story saying that McNerney has won the 11th Congressional District race.

This will be McNerney's third term in Congress. He defeated longtime Republican incumbent Richard Pombo on 2006 and carried the 11th District by a wide margin in 2008.

Both McNerney and Harmer have been in Washington this past week—McNerney at a pre-Thanksgiving session of Congress and Harmer to attend a briefing for incoming, newly-elected Republicans.

McNerney said he will return to Washington for a final session of the 111th Congress in December and now will also go back as the district's representative in the 112th Congress when it convenes n January.

All counties have until next Tuesday to give a final count to the Secretary of State's office, which will certify the outcome by Dec. 6.

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Posted by Just Count
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 25, 2010 at 10:56 am

Where did this expectation of conceding originate in elections? Just count all the votes and declare a winner. I vote by mail every election and would like to believe my vote counts.


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Posted by Al Capone
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2010 at 8:42 am

The long drawn-out process is to give plenty of time for Democrats (i.e. left wing loons and unions) to do their normal high jinks like hanging chad, contesting votes only in selected precincts, forged absentee ballot signatures, illegals voting, trying to excluded ballots from our troops overseas, and ballot boxes full of votes mysteriously appearing, etc. Then Republicans have to try to overcome those high jinks by trying to catch the Democrats in their criminal activity, usually to no avail because the people in charge of the vote counting are all Democrats.


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Posted by joan
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 26, 2010 at 9:10 am

We will see if Mcnerney can become BIPARTISAN IF NOT, HES GONE IN 2 YEARS WITH REDISTRICTING.


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Posted by Chet
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 26, 2010 at 9:11 am

Harmer is now a three time loser and out. I expect he did not concede any of his previous loses. As expected Harmer has no class.


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Posted by Cindy Armstrong
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 26, 2010 at 9:46 am

The posting by "Al Capone" truly does shine a light on our terribly partisan politics. I fail to understand how one believes that dirty tricks and manipulation are the only explanation as to why one's candidate lost. It seems that the fact that the majority of voters preferred Jerry McNerney is simply not on option in this person's world view. Sad.


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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2010 at 10:50 am

Harmer's staff/volunteers continue to refuse to take down his campaign signs, for whatever reason. All the other candidates have cleaned up their signs. But Harmer still has a giant (illegal) sign on SB680 at Las Positas, another giant sign on 680 at Sunol, a smaller sign at the 680/Bernal off-ramp, and probably many others. They have been reported to his campaign office many times, and considering how close the signs are to Harmer's campaign office, he and his staff/volunteers undoubtedly drive by them frequently. But they refuse to remove the signs, as required by law.

Meanwhile, Harmer's busy in Washington hobnobbing and attending freshman orientation. This guy's a real piece of work.


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Posted by gary
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 26, 2010 at 11:26 am

Who edits these articles? It states "The Associated Press agreed, transmitting a story saying that McNerney has one the 11th Congressional District race." McNerney has ONE the 11th District...?!?!? Gud inglish (politix aside)!!!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2010 at 12:05 pm

It does not matter whether Harmer will concede or not. In fact, Harmer should not have to concede. On the due date, the final election results should be announced and McNerney happily goes to work, while Harmer goes back to whatever he did before, it's that simple.

If Harmer wants to waste time and rally his followers into thinking and claiming there was election fraud, that is his choice even it not a wise one. Harmer lost, Mcnerney won re-election, period.

Tea party folks: the only election fraud happened in 2000 when Bush stole the election from Gore, the Florida vote.


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Posted by declines to state
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Sheesh..Harmer can't hold any job except running for Congress? well he lost in the 10th dist, the 11th dist..maybe next time he can run in the 12th district...Since he cannot seem to hold a job


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Posted by Chet
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 26, 2010 at 9:43 pm

It is now official. Every single area candidate pushed on us by the Tea party folks was a loser. It is good to see voters have more brains than the tea party fools and their candidates.


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Posted by Al Capone
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 27, 2010 at 8:53 am

Those "brains" you refer to are the majority of Californians (edited) that keep electing left wing loons into office. They are responsible for this state being bankrupt and are a key component to driving this nation into bankruptcy. Sounds a lot more like "clueless" than having "brains".


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm

he can run but he can't hide...tee hee hee, eeh eeh eet...


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Posted by jacob and alma
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Nov 28, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Elder David is just feeling a little low. Please let him rest. Could he please take down his signs though? I am sure he is crying in front of his flock. He should move to Utah.


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

McNerney wins by a LANDSLIDE! He has beaten his opponent by a couple of thousand votes. Many feel this overwhelming support by the electorate is testimony to how he has performed his job during these past couple of years.


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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm

My previous post is sarcasm, in case you didn't get it.


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Posted by vhdad
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 28, 2010 at 10:19 pm

There was sign on I680 that said "kick out the bums". I guess with Jerry McNerney's win, that is fulfilled now....


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