Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) is back in Washington for the final session of the 111th Congress and prepared to start his third term when the new 112th Congress is seated in January.
McNerney came out of a protracted election count with a full 1% lead over his Republican challenger David Harmer.
Almost all absentee and provisional votes have now been counted in the four counties the 11th Congressional District covers.
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen reported that with fewer than 2,000 votes yet to be counted, McNerney has received 115,361 votes, or 48% of the total number of votes cast, against Harmer's 112,703 votes, or 46.9%. American Independent Party candidate David Christensen has 12,439 votes, or 5.1%.
Bowen's latest tally was reported at 4:33 p.m. Tuesday.
Alameda 1,050 1,050 100% 765,885 468,483 61.2%
Contra Costa 807 807 100% 533,825 352,687 66.1%
All counties have until the end of today to give a final count to the Secretary of State's office, which will certify the outcome by next Monday, Dec. 6.