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Jerry McNerney declares victory over David Harmer in 11th District

Larry Hansen passes John Johnson in Lodi City Council race; John Vermeltfoort moves up to second place in Oak View school district

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Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 1:37 pm, Tue Nov 16, 2010.

Rep. Jerry McNerney declared victory over Republican David Harmer after updated voting results were released in three of the 11th Congressional District's four counties on Wednesday.

"With the vast majority of votes tallied, the results are clear," McNerney campaign manager Doug Greven said in an e-mail. "Congressman McNerney now has an insurmountable lead."

McNerney, D-Pleasanton, expanded his lead over Harmer from 441 votes last Friday to 2,498 on Wednesday, according to unofficial results on the California Secretary of State’s website as of 4:10 p.m.

In the Lodi City Council race, Larry Hansen surpassed John Johnson by 34 votes for the third spot in the Lodi City Council race. Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman said Wednesday he isn't sure how many Lodi votes remain to be counted.

And in the Oak View Union School District, it appears that incumbent Mark Huft and challenger John Vermeltfoort will win seats on the five-member board. Incumbent Carol Pehl was third in the voting, as of Wednesday's update.

The San Joaquin, Contra Costa and Santa Clara county registrars of voters received updated tallies on the 11th Congressional District race on Wednesday, while Alameda County provided an update on Tuesday.

Harmer's campaign didn't return calls late Wednesday afternoon.

San Joaquin County Registrar Austin Erdman said that his staff will probably complete counting absentee ballots — also known as vote by mail — by Friday. There still remains about 8,900 "provisional" ballots countywide to be counted. That will start next week, Erdman said.

Not all the provisional ballots are in the 11th District.

The district includes the entire Lodi area, a large part of San Joaquin County, Brentwood, Pleasanton, Dublin, most of the San Ramon Valley and Morgan Hill.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

News-Sentinel staff writer Maggie Creamer contributed to this report.

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  • Jackson Scott posted at 4:07 pm on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    Let's be real... the big news is that Larry Hansen has overtaken John Johnson!

    Think about it, Mayor Phil, Alan, and if Larry does hold on to victory the City of Lodi will have the more of the same rubber stamping that we've had for the past decade.

    What kills me is to see how many dumb voters actually voted for Tim Reed! At the LNS Candidates Forum he could not say a complete sentence, let alone he has ZERO qualifications to hold such a position.

    John Johnson, hold strong young man!

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:20 pm on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Jerry McNerney declares all sorts of things. Most are falsehoods... he gets another term, I don't think he'll keep people on either side happy...

    Mary and Bob, if Whitman, Carli and others like that had won, I would want Harmer, but to me, its better he lose so as to make very clear who is responsible for the next four years. Harmer winning will do little good, with his supporting cast... therefore, McNerney should win so as to help them lose decisively in the next election.

  • Mary Henschel posted at 1:35 pm on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Mary Henschel Posts: 46

    Jerry McNerney declares all sorts of things. Most are falsehoods.

    In any case, even if the vote count is in his favor and he gets another term, I don't think he'll keep people on either side happy. California will need a bailout, but Congress has a Republican majority. Jerry will want to do as his party bosses tell him and spend a lot, but his efforts will be thwarted. Any effort to bail out bankrupt California will be as well. He won't make anyone happy. He'll probably be kept in office, though, by the SEIU and other party apparatchiks.

    I still like to exercise my right as a citizen of what is, in theory, a democracy, and vote for the candidate of my choice, however. I'll continue to vote for whomever opposes this weasel, and, with any luck, someday, perhaps it will pay off.

  • Bob Smith posted at 1:13 pm on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    You guys need to pull your head out of the sand. This is just more of the same. He needs to be gone.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:33 am on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I agree with Manuel, good news!!!!

  • Manuel Martinez posted at 1:51 am on Thu, Nov 11, 2010.

    Manuel Martinez Posts: 641

    \o/ woot!



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