According to the California Secretary of State, the Democratic incumbent, tallied 82,124 votes, while the Republican challenger Harmer collected 82,003. American Independent candidate David Christensen trailed far behind with 8,809 votes.
With only 2,187 votes separating the two rivals late Tuesday night, the race was still too early to call as Election Day closed and Nov. 3 began.
But when the sun came up today, McNerney found himself clinging to a slim lead.
The race, however, could swing again in the favor of the Republican challenger. Many mail-in votes remain to be counted.
Both the Harmer and McNerney campaigns had called the race one of the most competitive in the country and a contest that could determine which major party — Democrat or Republican — will boast a majority in the House of Representatives the next two years.
According to results from around the country, however, the Republican Party will control the House no matter who wins the 11th District. Democrats will maintain a majority in Congress' upper house, the Senate.