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Some GOP House challengers were short on funds, reports show
Some GOP House challengers were short on funds, reports show

The Republican challengers who nearly upset two veteran Democratic congressmen in California during the Nov. 4 elections ran short on money for their campaigns and got little or no help from their party, reports filed this week showed. Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) spent nearly $1 million to fend off a surprisingly strong challenge from dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra, who spent less than $321,000 on his campaign, reports filed with the Federal Election Commission showed. Yet Tacchera was 700 votes ahead of Costa when the ballots were counted on election night and he maintained his lead for several days as the remaining vote was tallied. Costa ended up holding onto his seat, but by only 1,334...

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