Update: McNerney leads 11th District race by 121 votes
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Rep. Jerry McNerney touted his accomplishments during the Saturday forum.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Rep. Jerry McNerney touted his accomplishments during the Saturday forum. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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David Harmer, the Republican nominee challenging Jerry McNerney, contrasted his ideas of what the government should do with that of the incumbent Congressman.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
David Harmer, the Republican nominee challenging Jerry McNerney, contrasted his ideas of what the government should do with that of the incumbent Congressman. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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As of early morning Wednesday, Nov. 3, with 100 percent of precincts counted, David Harmer trailed Rep. Jerry McNerney by 121 votes in a congressional race that many political observers were calling a pure toss-up right until Election Day.

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.

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dcose
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November 30, 2010
Mr McNerney, Let's see what you've won. A continuous all expenses paid trip back and forth to Washing DC for the next two years to work as the out party in the House (and while CA may have elected the people responsible for for our economic mess... the rest of the country balks a bailing out debt ridden state) Should be an interesting ride for the next 12 months... Should take about that long to bring our woes to a head.
DeclinetoState
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November 30, 2010
From todays Contra Costa Times:

Contra Costa County, the fourth and final county in the 11th Congressional District, certified its election results late this morning, widening McNerney's lead over GOP nominee David Harmer to 2,658 votes.

While the final vote count was tight -- 1.1 percent of the 240,503 votes cast -- it's probably not close enough to warrant an expensive recount

Go find a job Harmer..you can't run again for two years...Im sure Koch will hire you ..you are their type
DeclinetoState
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November 24, 2010
Ap declared Mcnerney the winner. Hopefully Harmer will act like an adult and not allot big business (koch bros and coc foreign corporations) drag this out) I see they are taking Contra Costa election board to ct?

Even if this area does not realize it, we need a rep that cares about plain folks..not one that is a puppet to big business, banking industry, ins industry, and foreign corporations.
DeclinetoState
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November 19, 2010
As of Nov 19: 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 have been in Washington, D.C. this week and are expected back in the 11th District today for the Thanksgiving holiday.I am sure Harmer is back in Washington DC meeting with Koch Bros, Chamber of Commerce foreign funds (i e the Republican t potty poopers) looking at ways to drag this out and get it thrown to a Republican House of Representatives.

Cmon Harmer. ya lost in the 10th dist, will probably lose in the 11th..get a job you can keep..if you can't run for rep in the 12th Dist
doors17
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November 10, 2010
Here's the latest update from the Contra Costa Times...

DUBLIN -- Rep. Jerry McNerney moved closer to retaining his 11th Congressional District seat Tuesday as his scant lead over his Republican challenger expanded, his office said.

The Pleasanton Democrat's lead over GOP challenger David Harmer grew to 2,269, according to the latest vote tally obtained by McNerney's campaign staff Tuesday evening. His lead had stood at 632 votes Monday.

Registrars in the four counties within District 11 continue to tally votes. The counties do not expect to certify their final counts until at least Nov. 24.

dcose
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November 05, 2010
sandrarita wrote on Thursday, Nov 04 at 10:49 PM »

"I don't trust Republicans. They lie, fabricate, deceive and are unethical..."

Add the "some" before Republicans & "and Democrats" after and I'll agree.

WSJ by JOHN FUND 7/8/10 Who Will Investigate the Investigators? Another voter fraud scandal involving the Justice Department.

"J. Christian Adams,, a former career Justice Department lawyer who resigned recently to protest political interference in cases he worked on, made some news yesterday in testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

As expected, he claimed that Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, an Obama appointee, overruled a unanimous recommendation by six career Justice attorneys for continued prosecution of members of the New Black Panther Party on charges of voter intimidation in an incident I detailed here yesterday. But Mr. Adams leveled an even more explosive charge beyond the Panther case. He testified that last year Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes made a jaw-dropping announcement to attorneys in Justice's Voting Rights section. She said she would not support any enforcement of a key section of the federal "Motor Voter" law -- Section 8, which requires states to periodically purge their voter rolls of dead people, felons, illegal voters and those who have moved out of state.

According to Mr. Adams, Justice lawyers were told by Ms. Fernandes: "We're not interested in those kind of cases. What do they have to do with helping increase minority access and turnout? We want to increase access to the ballot, not limit it."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703636404575353052562578046.html

Another fraud,

Pelosi, "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy."

Translation: You are too stupid to know what is good for you, so we'll tell you.

Extending Trust,

The Weekly Standard by John McCormick 11/5/2009 Pelosi Breaks Pledge to Put Final Health Care Bill Online for 72 Hours Before Vote

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the speaker will not allow the final language of the health care to be posted online for 72 hours before bringing the bill to a vote on the House floor, despite her September 24 statement that she was "absolutely" committed to doing so."

http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/11/pelosi_breaks_pledge_to_put_he.asp

"I'm rooting for McInerney. We don't need another Republican in the House."

Having so many Democrats in the House has a continued outlook for breaking our financial back.
Nitegama
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November 05, 2010
I received e mail from Robyn of Congressman McNerney's staff..at the end of todays counting he is up 568 votes. Of course the opponent's people are whining and talking about how to stop the counting of these ballots. Interesting. I am sure if they go up..all those ballots will be considered by their team as totally valid..typically Republican

sandrarita
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November 04, 2010
I don't trust Republicans. They lie, fabricate, deceive and are unethical. I'm sorry I feel this way, but except for a very few, the way of the ethical and decent Republican is a thing of the past.
sandrarita
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November 04, 2010
I'm rooting for McInerney. We don't need another Republican in the House.
Chino_Blanco
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November 04, 2010
ABC7: Harmer attempts to raise fears (and funds) with unfounded (i.e., fabricated) claims of #CA11 vote count woes. http://bit.ly/cUoLx6

Meanwhile, McNerney's lead now 261 based on latest Alameda tally.
TomBenigno
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November 04, 2010
Response to the article:

Tom Benigno wrote:

I just don't trust this voting process, that we have in place. Too many hands spoil the soup. Who can you trust these days, with the high stacks involved. This is like Chicago in the 30's all over again.

Lets hope the cost of the process doesn't exceed the value of position.
JimF01
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November 04, 2010
340621 votes tallied so far in Alameda County, just 28519 are in CD-11, under 10% of the remaining uncounted votes would be likely to be applicable to this race.

Approximately 35,000 uncounted votes in San Joaquin County. 118,000 votes have been tallied in the county, over 94,000 of those are part of Congressional District 11

Further updates available at my blog:

http://buhbyejerry.blogspot.com/
JimF01
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November 04, 2010
San Joaquin County ROV Austin Erdman said SJ County tally could be completed by Thanksgiving

http://is.gd/gIsic

In Santa Clara County, an estimated 135,000 vote-by-mail and 18,000 provisional ballots were turned in Tuesday, said registrar spokeswoman Elma Rosas. The county hopes to have about 100,000 absentee ballots processed by Friday afternoon, and the rest by the end of the day Monday, Rosas said. Officials then will begin counting the provisional ballots.

Significant to this is that just 22,000 registered voters in the county are part of the 11th District.

http://is.gd/gIsTl

Completed vote tally from SC County shows over 10,000 of those have already voted and counted. Even with 75% turnout, there are fewer than 7,000 Santa Clara County votes to be counted for District 11

http://is.gd/gIt25

Contra Costa Registrar of Voters Steve Weir estimated that his office has 100,000 outstanding ballots, including at least 12,500 in the 11th District.

http://is.gd/gItfG

A staggering and unprecedented number of absentee voters appear to have dropped off their ballots at polling places across the county, said Alameda County Registrar of Voters Dave McDonald....nearly half of the 765,600 registered voters in Alameda County registered absentee—similar to numbers across the state—only 20 percent managed to mail them in by election day. Those votes were tabulated and released shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

But workers won't begin to count the rest until 8:30 a.m. this morning, McDonald said. He said the county hopes to finish tabulating the votes by the end of the week.

http://is.gd/gItys

The numbers so far favor Harmer, clearly, in that the largest numbers of uncounted ballots are in counties where Harmer leads.

Alameda County, however, is the wild card. They have not given a tally of uncounted ballots, and only Pleasanton and Dublin (and small portions adjacent) are Alameda County cities in Harmer's district.

I like the sound of that. Harmer's district.

Chino_Blanco
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November 03, 2010
San Joaquin County reported 35,000 ballots to process, but Santa Clara County reported roughly 135,000(!) uncounted ballots, and Alameda County is apparently still compiling its countywide estimates.

McNerney has good reason to be feeling quite confident at this point.
System
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November 03, 2010
Is that Tom B?
ChrisRoberts
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November 03, 2010
Welfare vote. This district along with this town will continue to go down the tubes. Hope you all know, mayor Ives is a democrat too, He is on the list of California democrat mayors,
joebacon
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November 03, 2010
LovelyTracy, get your facts straight. Harmer wasn't CEO of Providian or of Washington Mutual. According to his bio, he was an Assistant/Associate General Counsel for those banks. In other words, he was an upper-midlevel lawyer in the banks' legal departments. To claim that he played any significant role in either bank's failure is silly.

Decline, lots of people run for Congress in neighboring districts. Sometimes, they rent a house there to "pretend" they live there; sometimes not. For example, John Garamendi represents CA-10, but he actually lives about a mile outside of CA-10 in CA-3. No one really cared about that last year when Garamendi beat Harmer in the special election. Tom McClintock represents CA-4 near Sacramento, but he really lives down in Southern CA in Simi Valley. He rented a small place in CA-4 just to run in that district in 2008. Again, no one seemed to mind. Harmer lives about 0.25 miles outside of the CA-11 lines, in CA-10. He could have rented a small place in CA-11 and called that his residence, but he didn't. Not really a big deal. McNerney lives near the border of the district, too, just within district lines in Pleasanton.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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November 03, 2010
LOvelyTracy,

I wasn't aware he was a CEO. I thought he was a lawyer. Most banks give everyone a title of President. So I'm guessing his title was Pres. Or V.P.

Did one of the opponent's campaign mailers promote him to "CEO"
JimF01
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November 03, 2010
Harmer campaign confirmed today, San Joaquin Registrar of voters has approximately 35,000 uncounted ballots for this election.

This is not over by any means. Good news for Harmer of the 4 counties that the District stretches over, Harmer enjoyed the widest margin of support here in SJ County.
LovelyTracy
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November 03, 2010
He also ran for congress in Utah according to his official linkedIn page and he was also a CEO at failed and bailed out Washington Mutual, and failed Providian Bank (sub-prime credit card company) he doesn't hide it its all right here:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidharmer

I really hope McNerney continues his lead, because Harmer is a failed bank CEO...



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