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In little-scrutinized state races, Chiang and Jones bank millions

In little-scrutinized state races, Chiang and Jones bank millions
John Chiang speaks at the California Democratic Convention. He has banked millions in his campaign for treasurer while his GOP rival has struggled to raise cash. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)

Two little-scrutinized races for California treasurer and insurance commissioner reflected a trend marking nearly all of the statewide contests this year -- Democratic dominance and Republican struggles to raise cash, according to campaign finance reports filed Thursday.

John Chiang, the termed-out Democratic controller running for treasurer, reported $2.5 million in the bank, and incumbent Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones reported $2 million in his campaign war chest as of June 30, according to the reports.

Their GOP challengers are struggling to raise money. Treasurer candidate Greg Conlon reported $6,966 in the bank. State Sen. Ted Gaines, who is challenging Jones, has $49,949 in his campaign account but $40,110 in unpaid bills, according to the reports.

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