Post-campaign notes: Postmortem

University of the Pacific professor Keith Smith posits on his blog that Ricky Gill had too much of a focus on San Joaquin County and its voters in his campaign to unseat Democratic incumbent Jerry McNerney. He notes that about 70 percent McNerney’s margin of victory came from Contra Costa County, where about 30 percent of  the CD09 voters live.

“I think the story is Gill’s strategic choice to cast himself as the ‘San Joaquin’ candidate,” Smith writes.

Gill campaign consultant James Fisfis disagrees with Smith in the comments that follow the blog post.

Fisfis points out that Gill performed better than Republican candidates for president and governor  in the Contra Costa County portion of the district since 2008, “which wouldn’t happen if these voters had rejected the San Joaquin County candidate…”

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