Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) is back in Washington, now the official winner of the Nov. 2 election that saw him gain a third term in office with a full 1% lead over his Republican challenger David Harmer.
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 at 4:33 p.m. Tuesday that McNerney had 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 had 12,439 votes, or 5.1%.
The four counties that reported their final vote tallies yesterday as required were Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Santa Clara.
Voter turnout for the 11th Congressional District contest ranged from a high of 66.1% in Contra Costa County to a low of 59.9% in San Joaquin.
Bowen said her office will certify the outcome by next Monday.