Bera leads Lungren with 184 votes; absentees need to be counted | News
SACRAMENTO, CA - The U.S. Congressional District 7 race is too close to call, even with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Democrat Dr. Ami Bera ran against incumbent Dan Lungren, R - Gold River, for a second time. Bera got 88,406 of votes, while Lungren got 88,222 of the votes; however, the 182-vote lead could diminish after absentee ballots are counted.
Bera told supporters at his campaign headquarters in Carmichael that they must think of the future, must build on common ground and must thank Lungren for his years of service.
Bera's campaign manager Joshua Wolf said "I would not be surprised if I go to bed tonight not knowing the outcome of this race."
It has also been a very expensive race, estimated to be the third most expensive congressional race in the country, according to records from the Federal Elections Commission.
The records show Bera outraised Lungren by raising $3.1 million. Lungren took in $2.3 million.
Bera lost to Lungren in 2010 by only 7 percent points, but recent congressional redistricting has changed the mostly Republican district to one that is more evenly split between the two parties.
U.S. Congressional District 9:
In the U.S. Congressional District 9 race, Republican Ricky Gill conceded to incumbent Jerry McNerney, D - Pleasanton, early Wednesday morning.
With 78 percent of precincts reporting; McNerney had 54 percent of the vote; Gill had 46 percent.
Gill released the following concession statement:
Tonight, I called Congressman McNerney to congratulate him on his victory. I extended my best wishes to the Congressman and his family, and I expressed my willingness to act as a resource and to help him serve this community in any manner possible.
I am enormously proud of the campaign we ran, and I am humbled by the tireless efforts of the many volunteers, neighbors, and supporters who threw their efforts behind it. Although we did not emerge victorious in this campaign, I believe we accomplished something extraordinary. We put this community and its people first, and we took our story to the national stage. We fought for jobs, education, and common-sense government. We made clear that the American Dream will rise once again in this community we love so dearly.
As this campaign closes, I encourage all residents of the 9th District to come together and work towards the bipartisan, lasting reforms this country so badly needs. I wish Congressman McNerney the best, and I congratulate him on a hard-fought victory.
U.S. Congressional District 10:
In the U.S. Congressional District 10 race, incumbent Jeff Denham, R - Turlock, won against Democrat Jose Hernandez.
Denham got 80,885 votes, 53.8 percent of the vote; while Hernandez got 69,336 votes, 46.2 percent of the vote.
U.S. Congressional District 3:
The 3rd District race, incumbent John Garamendi, D - Walnut Grove, won against and Republican Kim Vann.
Garamendi received 53.1 percent of the vote; while Vann got 46.9 percent of the vote.