Pleasanton, CA, Bilingual Weekly
Most polls had given Harmer as the winner and, throughout the initial vote count he held the advantage. By midnight the gap had closed to a few hundred votes in favor of Harmer but by the morning, November 3, 2010, the California Secretary of State reported that McNerney had 82,124 votes over Harmer’s 82,003.
“The momentum is clearly on our side as late results have continued to break strongly in McNerney’s favor,” said Sarah Hersh, Communications Director for McNerney for Congress, “Given this trend, we’re confident that we will prevail as the few remaining votes are counted.”
Hersh is referring to the tens of thousands votes —some provisional, others mailed-in, arriving just by the deadline. These have to be checked against the registered voters’ records to avoid illegal voting or duplicity. Even though this includes the 11th District’s three counties —in San Joaquin County alone these votes amount to over 35,000— many belong to different Congressional districts. These events can drag a final verdict until past Thanksgiving.
And, if by then the result is still less than one percent, very likely the losing candidate, his supporters or any citizen can demand a vote recount. If the recount shows a different result, the County bears the cost of the process. If remains the same, the petitioner must pay it.
This is Harmer’s third try for a seat in the House of Representatives, first in his native Utah, last year as a California newcomer in the East Bay and this year as an outside resident of the 11th District.
The 11th Congressional District includes Tracy, Lodi, Manteca Pleasanton, Morgan Hill, San Ramon and most of Stockton —spanning from San Joaquin County to Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Despite of this district final result, Republicans have already emerged as the new majority in the House of Representatives, sentencing an end to Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi reign as the House Speaker and forcing President Obama to work with and unfriendly legislature.