This from reporter Ryan Huff at McNerney’s party in San Ramon:
At 11:22 p.m., McNerney took the stage in front of a thrilled crowd and sounded very upbeat about his chances to upset seven-term Rep. Richard Pombo. McNerney — wearing a black pinstriped suit, white shirt and turquoise tie — rose to the stage to the chants of “Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!”
He fell short of declaring victory, asking supporters to “give him another hour and we’ll announce these things when they are clear.”
Still, at the time of his speech, with about half of the precincts reporting, he led Pombo by 3 percentage points.
“We’re on the cusp of changing the direction of this country,” McNerney said. “We have some very big issues to deal with — health care, the price of gasoline, our dependence on foreign oil. I will work with Republicans and Democrats to face these challenges.”
McNerney also said he would change the culture of corruption in the nation’s capital. “We need honesty in Washington, integrity in Washington, accountability in Washington. And we are going to hold this (Bush) administration accountable for the things that it does.”
And with that, the crowd loudly cheered as Jerry held hands on stage with his wife and three children.