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Jerry McNerney to serve 9th District in Congress

Lodi's Gill concedes as race comes to an end

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 1:28 pm, Mon Dec 3, 2012.

Although the boundaries will change in January, the Lodi area will continue to be represented by Rep. Jerry McNerney, and Galt will have the three-term Democrat for the first time.

McNerney, a Democrat, was elected to his fourth two-year term in Congress in a tough battle against Lodi native Ricky Gill, a Republican.

With all 478 precincts reporting, unofficial results show McNerney received  115,967 votes (55.3 percent) and Gill received 93,570 votes (44.7 percent). The results were last updated at 10:59 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.

Election results

McNerney lived in Pleasanton when the old 11th Congressional District includes portions of the Livermore and San Ramon valleys and Morgan Hill, in addition to Lodi and most of San Joaquin County. He rented a second home in Stockton when he decided to run in the San Joaquin County-based 9th District.

The 9th Congressional District, beginning in January, will include San Joaquin County, Galt and the Contra Costa County communities of Brentwood and Antioch.

McNerney's campaign outspent Gill $1.8 million to $1.4 million. Democrats enjoyed a voter registration of 46.1 percent to 34.0 percent over the Republicans.

"The biggest difference we noticed this time was the amount of outside money," said McNerney campaign spokeswoman Lauren Smith.

She noted that $2.3 million was spent against McNerney by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Other political organizations spent campaign money on Gill's behalf as well, Smith said. That's because the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that anonymous donations can be made by political action committees.

"The biggest takeaway (from Tuesday's election), even with that outside spending, is that the people (McNerney) represented the past six years clearly like the job he's been doing," Smith said.

McNerney carried San Joaquin County with 52.1 percent of the vote to Gill's 47.9 percent. However, Gill dominated Galt by garnering 56.8 percent of the vote to McNerney's 43.2 percent.

Gill spokesman Colin Hunter said that the campaign was successful despite Gill's defeat.

"I think a lot of things went right," Hunter said. "I think the campaign accomplished some extraordinary things, that Ricky was the local candidate and he was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention."

Although Gill and McNerney may disagree on some major issues, Hunter said, they both want what's best for the country.

Smith, McNerney's spokeswoman, added that Gill has a bright future in politics.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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