The campaign between incumbent Congressman Jeff Denham and challenger Michael Eggman was bitterly fought and followed on a national level.
And it’ll likely still take a couple of days before we know for sure who won.
Denham, a Turlock Republican, held a nearly 6,000 vote over Eggman – who he handily defeated in the 2014 election – as of 12:15 a.m with almost 65 percent of the precincts reporting in the race for the 10th Congressional District. There are still thousands of absentee and provisional ballots that have yet to be counted which could swing the election back the other way.
Residents were bombarded with television ads over the course of the last month from both campaigns – with Denham and the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee painting Eggman as a puppet of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a supporter of liberal policies that could be dangerous for California families as well as farmers. Eggman’s camp painted Denham as a confidant of Donald Trump – even going so far as to allege that Denham bragged about how he helped the Republican who was leading the electoral college totals as of press time get the former U.S. Postal Service building in Washington D.C. that recently opened as a five-star Trump hotel.
Incumbent Congressman Jerry McNerney, who has represented the 9th Congressional District since he defeated powerful Republican incumbent Richard Pombo in 2006, held a 58 percent to 42 percent lead over challenger Republican challenger Tony Amadaor with 36 percent of precincts reporting according to the California Secretary of State’s web site – which combines the counties that comprise the district.
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