The complete count of the ballots was made official Monday, Dec. 6, following a monthlong standstill. McNerney, who claimed victory on Nov. 10, received 48 percent of the votes in the 11th District, while Harmer received 47 percent.
Harmer lost by only 2,658 votes, according to the California Secretary of State’s Office.
In an e-mail sent out by Harmer, he said he waited more than four weeks to concede because he did not clearly lose the race.
Harmer also said his campaign team remains concerned about some aspects of the voting and counting process. But he added that there wasn’t much chance a recount would alter the election’s outcome.
“The incumbent’s margin is large enough to make a recount unlikely to change the results,” Harmer said. “The precinct-level data do not display the sort of anomalies that would justify a challenge.”