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Democratic candidates raise twice as much as GOP hopefuls in fall races
Democratic candidates raise twice as much as GOP hopefuls in fall races

Reflecting Democrats' dominance of California politics and the Republicans' weak bench, donors have given Democratic candidates for statewide office in November at least $12.9 million this year, more than twice what they contributed to GOP hopefuls. Perhaps predictably, the biggest beneficiaries were incumbents and members of the Democratic firmament, such as Gov. Jerry Brown, who raised $5.7 million from January through June 30, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state this week. "Money follows power, and right now the Republicans don't have any," said Jack Pitney, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College and a former national GOP...

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