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

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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