Rep. Jerry McNerney has won the race to retain his 11th Congressional District seat.
The latest ballot-tallying updates from the most populous part of the district showed McNerney, D-Pleasanton, again had widened his lead over Republican challenger David Harmer to a margin of 2,475 votes, or about 1 percent of the 237,808 ballots counted. The Associated Press reported fewer than 1,900 ballots remained to be counted.
McNerney declared victory Nov. 10, when he was up by 1,681 votes, about seven-tenths of a percent. Harmer, an attorney from San Ramon's Dougherty Valley area, has yet to concede, and recently attended the GOP's freshman orientation on Capitol Hill. Harmer's campaign spokesman didn't return phone calls and an e-mail Wednesday.
Tuesday's updates from the registrar of voters in San Joaquin County -- which has the lion's share of the four-county district's registered voters -- and Santa Clara County showed Harmer lost ground in the former and made up none in the latter.
San Joaquin County's results are final, leaving Contra Costa County with the only significant outstanding votes. Contra Costa County Registrar Steve Weir said Wednesday his staff is still counting write-ins and redoing provisional ballots that were cast on a ballot type other than what the voter was supposed to have used; he said he expects they'll be done Monday or Tuesday.
"This confirms what we knew -- Congressman McNerney has won re-election in the 11th Congressional District," spokeswoman Sarah Hersh said Wednesday. "Congressman McNerney looks forward to continuing to serve the people of this area, working to create jobs and standing up for what's right."
McNerney, having secured his third term in the House of Representatives, leads Harmer in Alameda County by about 15.5 percentage points and in Santa Clara County by 8.2 percentage points.
Harmer leads McNerney by 0.15 of a point in Contra Costa County and by 3.6 percentage points in San Joaquin County; that latter number decreased from a 4.3 percentage-point lead as of Nov. 10. San Joaquin County is also where David Christensen, the American Independent nominee for the seat, fared best, with almost 7.1 percent of the votes cast; districtwide, he took about 5.2 percent.