UPDATE 12:53 A.M. Nearly 90 percent of precincts have been reported and Harmer has won his party’s nomination. He received 35.7 percent of the vote, followed by Goehring at 28.8 percent, Amador at 19.1 percent and Emken at 16.4 percent.
With just under half the precincts reporting, GOP primary Congressional District 11 candidate David Harmer, an attorney from Dougherty Valley, leads the pack with a 6 percentage point margin.
It’s not an entirely insurmountable gap for Lodi-area farmer Brad Goehring, who is in second place. Goehring’s home county, San Joaquin, still has about half of its precincts outstanding. But Goehring trails badly in the district’s three Bay Area counties and would have to win most of what remains uncounted at home in order to prevail.
Goehring largely ignored the Bay Area half of the district and placed his bets on a big win in San Joaquin County that failed to carry him over the top. He also appeared to have run out of money; he had repeatedly loaned his campaign and repaid himself tens of thousands of dollars.
In contrast, Harmer launched a major ground and mail campaign in San Joaquin County. His campaign said volunteers made 12,000 phone calls just today and during the campaign, they walked nearly half of the precincts in San Joaquin County.
Harmer was in second place in San Joaquin but he held substantial leads in Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.
Retired U.S. Marshal Tony Amador, despite his popular job title, and autism activist Elizabeth Emken of Danville lagged behind with 19 and 17 percent of the vote respectively.