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Published: 11/25/10

Democrat Ekes Out Win in California House Race

By  not in system - AOL News
Democrat Ekes Out Win in California House Race

(Nov. 25) -- It's taken nearly a month to make the call, but Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney has been re-elected to a third term in his Northern California district, narrowly defeating Republican David Harmer. As of Wednesday, McNerney held a lead of about 2,500 votes, with 1,900 ballots still to be counted. Harmer sent a message to supporters Wednesday afternoon saying that it appeared unlikely he would overcome the deficit. But he refused to concede. "Having waited three weeks for partial results, we can wait one more week for final numbers," he said....

Published: 11/25/10

Democrat Jerry McNerney Wins House Race in California, Stalling GOP Pickup at 63

By  Tom Kavanagh - Politics Daily
Democrat Jerry McNerney Wins House Race in California, Stalling GOP Pickup at 63

It's taken nearly a month to make the call, but Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney has been re-elected to a third term in his Northern California district, narrowly defeating Republican David Harmer. As of Wednesday, McNerney held a lead of about 2,500 votes, with 1,900 ballots still to be counted. Harmer sent a message to supporters Wednesday afternoon saying that it appeared unlikely he would overcome the deficit. But he refused to concede. "Having waited three weeks for partial results, we can wait one more week for final numbers," he said. McNerney's victory leaves just one undecided House r...

Published: 10/21/10

President Obama Meets Apple CEO Steve Jobs: What Will They Talk About?

By  Carl Franzen - AOL News
President Obama Meets Apple CEO Steve Jobs: What Will They Talk About?

(Oct. 21) -- For some it's a melding of two great minds. For others, it could be an unholy union of two evil control freaks. But no matter how you look at it, the now-confirmed meeting between President Barack Obama and Apple CEO Steve Jobs is big news. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today confirmed the rumor that the commander in chief and the chief executive of one of the world's most valuable companies are indeed scheduled to have a 30-minute private meeting today at a hotel in San Francisco. It's worth noting that it's just one of several high-profile Silicon Valley stops Obama...

Published: 10/14/10

Tea Party Candidate: Abolish All Public Schools

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Tea Party Candidate: Abolish All Public Schools

(Oct. 14) -- School's out ... forever? Tea Party candidate David Harmer, who is running as a Republican for the U.S. House of Representatives in California's 11th District, thinks the nation's public education system should more closely resemble the way it looked in 1825. In other words, Harmer would abolish public schools altogether. In an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2000, Harmer wrote the following: To attain quantum leaps in educational quality and opportunity, however, we need to separate school and state entirely. Government should exit the business of running and funding ...

Published: 07/24/10

Some House Challengers Overcome Incumbents' Cash Advantage in Midterm Races

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Some House Challengers Overcome Incumbents' Cash Advantage in Midterm Races

The advantages of incumbency are clear -- usually greater name recognition and stronger fundraising than challengers -- so it isn't a big surprise that the re-election rate for sitting House members has ranged from between 90 percent to 98 percent since 1994. But this year, nine congressional challengers have managed to out-raise the incumbents they are challenging, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Eight are Republicans and one is a Democrat. Explaining the success of the Republican candidates, political scientist William Connelly told CFR's OpenSecrets Blog, ...

Published: 11/4/09

Democrats Keep California Congressional Seat

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Democrats Keep California Congressional Seat

Democratic Lt. Gov. John Garamendi has won a special congressional election in the 10th District of California, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday night. Garamendi had been polling well ahead -- by double digits -- of his GOP opponent, businessman and attorney David Harmer, since the start of the race. Democrats have an 18-point edge in registration in the Bay Area district, according to the Los Angeles Times. Garamendi, 64, will replace Democratic Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher, who stepped down to take a job in the Obama administration. He could be sworn in as early as Thursday morning. "...

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Published: 11/3/09

Democrats Confident They'll Keep California Congressional Seat

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Democrats Confident They'll Keep California Congressional Seat

Voters are at the polls in California's Bay Area, where a special election will determine the successor to Democratic Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher, who stepped down to take a job in the Obama administration. Democratic Lt. Gov. John Garamendi has led his GOP opponent, businessman David Harmer, from the start and is expected to win by double digits. Democrats have an 18-point edge in registration in the district, according to the Los Angeles Times. Garamendi, 64, is a former state insurance commissioner and lawmaker who has been active in California politics for three decades. Harmer, 47, is an a...

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