The outcome of the tense campaign between Rep. Jerry McNerney and Republican challenger David Harmer to represent the Lodi area in Congress remains too close to call. A former Republican operative says the election will be decided by which candidate did the better job of monitoring absentee voters during the final month of the election. Since as many as half of voters cast their votes by mail these days, Steve Ding says you no longer have “election day.” Instead, you have “election month.”
Ding, chief of staff for McNerney’s predecessor in Congress, Richard Pombo, said that once absentee ballots were mailed out in early October, campaign workers should have been on the phone and at voters’ doors to encourage them to vote for their candidate.
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