With all the votes reported to the secretary’s office, McNerney held a slim but significant 2,658 vote lead over Harmer districtwide, through Harmer bested the incumbent Democrat by 4,393 votes in the San Joaquin County portion of the four-county district.
Overall, McNerney led 115,361 votes to 112,703, with American Independent David Christensen earning 12,439. McNerney’s campaign declared victory on Nov. 10.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, Harmer had not conceded the race. Neither had he asked for a recount of votes.
“The campaign is looking at several things and trying to decide … what the right course is,” said Tim Clark, a campaign manager for Harmer.
According to San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman, if the Harmer campaign wants the ballots to be recounted, they have until 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, to request one.
If Harmer seeks a fresh tally, his campaign would have to come up with money to get the count rolling — in San Joaquin County, Erdman said that total would amount to $1,200 per five-person counting board.
But Erdman said Wednesday it’s extremely unlikely the 2,658-vote difference could be closed via a recount.
“Had they been within 250 votes, I would have expected (a recount),” he said.
“I never say never, because I don’t have jurisdiction over the other three jurisdictions (in the 11th District), but I can tell you they’re not going to find them here in San Joaquin.”
Clark said Harmer would likely make an announcement about his plans in the next couple days.
Meanwhile, McNerney’s campaign manager, Sarah Hersh, said Wednesday that the congressman was honored to be re-elected and looks forward to serving the district for another two-year term.