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Republican challenger still holding out hope in Central Valley congressional district

November 5, 2010 |  1:48 pm

Republican David Harmer is not giving up just yet in his fight to wrest a congressional seat from Democrat Jerry McNerney.

Harmer trails by 441 votes in the 11th Congressional District race. The district includes parts of San Joaquin, Alameda, Contra Costa and Santa Clara counties.

Hundreds of thousands of ballots remain uncounted in the five counties that are at least partially within the congressional district. It is unclear how many of those ballots are from the 11th Congressional District.

Harmer is holding out hope that he can place the region back into Republican hands.

Harmer sent an e-mail to supporters saying there were still votes to count. "Don’t be unduly concerned by short-term fluctuations in the vote totals. At this point, it appears that counting will proceed more rapidly in the counties where McNerney was stronger. We expect to more than make up the difference as counting proceeds in our strongholds," he wrote in the e-mail.

"I’ll keep you posted as developments occur. Our objective remains to ensure that every legitimate vote is accurately counted. Thank you for your continued encouragement and support."

You can read more about the race in the Contra Costa County Times.

-- Anthony York

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