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Final push in bid to get nod to face McNerney
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Most of the money has been spent and the forums with the other 11th congressional district hopefuls are long passed.

Now the real work begins.

The four remaining Republican candidates hoping to earn their bid on Tuesday to try and unseat two-term incumbent Jerry McNerney in November are gearing up for a long weekend of precinct walking, phone banking, and just getting out and meeting the voters.

Brad Goehring – who has long been considered the frontrunner in the race and is one of only two Central Valley residents left hoping to represent the district that includes Ripon, Manteca, Stockton, Tracy, and Escalon – is turning to his grassroots base in order to get the word out prior to Tuesday’s California Primary.

“Right now it’s all about getting out and contacting the voters,” said Goehring’s Press Secretary Nick Rappley. “We’ve got an army of volunteers out there making phone calls, and we have a really big precinct walk scheduled for (today). It’s a big race, and every vote is going to count. It’s crucial right now.”

According to the last campaign finance statement filed with the Federal Election Commission, Goehring has totaled $1,453,543 since the election began – including a jumpstart loan of just under $1.1 million. He had spent, at the time, $1,391,210, and has $62,333 cash left on hand.

Candidate Elizabeth Emken – who has been gaining momentum with endorsements from such prominent Republican figures such as former Senator Rick Santorum in addition being named one of former Alaskan Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s Top 11 prospects along with Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina and Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman – is also rallying her troops for the final push before Tuesday.

“We have a plan, and we’re sticking to it,” said campaign spokeswoman Nancy Tengler. “We’re obviously concerned about the low voter turnout, but there has been a lot of momentum since she was named one of Sarah Palin’s top prospects. For a first-time candidate to shoot out of the box like that is amazing, and we’re hoping that the voters feel the same way.”

Emken’s last campaign reports total $536,266 in recipes, and $412,312 in expenditures – leaving $123,954 cash on hand. She too initially bankrolled the campaign with $300,000, but Tengler says she has paid a good portion of that off.

Retired United States Marshal Tony Amador – the second candidate that resides in the Central Valley – is hoping that the endorsement of conservative tax-fighter and congressional hopeful Tom McClintock will spark interest in voters – has raised nearly $200,000 and spent $172,364 on the race, as of the last filing period.

According to campaign spokesman Stan Devereux, the goal now is just to focus on making one last effort to let voters know what Amador stands for and how he’ll represent them if elected.

“Right now we’ve got phone banks and precinct walking all the way through Tuesday to get the word out,” Devereux said. “And Tom McClintock is probably the most well-known conservative in California, and voters are looking for a standard bearer who carries a conservative flag.

“People who are looking for a conservative choice know that they have that with Tony Amador.”

The last person to throw their hat in the ring for the 11th congressional district – San Ramon attorney and businessman David Harmer – is hoping that the $600,000 he has raised since entering the race late will help him get the nod to face McNerney in the fall.

Harmer’s campaign forms list that he currently has $1,575,108 in receipts, and that he has spent $1,222,983, but campaign manager Tim Clark said that the bulk of that money was a carryover from his previously unsuccessful bid for the 10th district seat.

And Clark says no election has been more important than the one that’s coming this year.

“This terribly important for the Republican Party – the latest estimates show that Republicans can take over the House again, and Jerry McNerney’s seat is on the road map to making that possible,” Clark said. “Right now we’re rallying all of the supporters and doing all of the traditional stuff. There’s a lot of angst out there right now about government, and David Harmer has always had a clear message about reducing runaway spending in Washington.

“I think that voters are going to realize that.”

McNerney’s filing lists him with $1,478,703 in receipts with $1,074,237 cash on hand – a number sure to rise after the primaries when his future opponent starts to receive support from the Republicans and the Republican National Congressional Committee.