Some unsuccessful candidates for House seats in California outspent at least one of their winning rivals in the June 3 primary, reports filed with the
In most of the state's 53 congressional districts, the highest-spending candidates finished first or second in the June 3 primary, allowing them to advance to the Nov. 4 election under the state's "top two" elections system.
But there were notable exceptions in three races.
In the crowded contest to succeed Rep.
Williamson raised nearly $1.5 million, including nearly $235,000 of her own money, and spent $1.7 million to finish in fourth place. Greuel, a Democrat, who finished third, raised nearly $1.3 million and spent more than $1.2 million, according to the reports that tracked campaign finance activity through June 30. The reports were due by midnight Tuesday.
Finishing first in the primary was gang prosecutor
Carr, a Republican in what many observers consider to be a solidly Democratic district, out-raised Lieu in the second quarter of the year, $434,873 to $359,915, their reports showed. Carr also had more cash on hand at the end of the quarter -- $245,822 to Lieu's $204,438.
In the hard-fought primary to succeed Rep.
Chabot raised less than $99,000 and lent himself $66,500; he spent $138,500 on his campaign for the 3rd District seat. The second-place finisher, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, a Democrat, raised $1.3 million and spent about $1 million.
Longtime Miller aide Lesli Gooch, a Republican, spent about $325,000 to come in a close third, while Colton attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes, a Democrat, spent around $929,000 and finished fourth.
In the eight-candidate battle to succeed retiring Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), Democrat Lee Rogers, a podiatrist who was endorsed by the California Democratic Party, spent just over $577,000 and came in third.
Rogers' failure to advance to the fall ballot ensures the 25th District seat will remain in Republican hands.
The top-two finishers were former GOP state legislator