In Orange County, Republican incumbents lead Democrats in congressional fundraising – Orange County Register

Several Democrats have gotten off to unusually strong fundraising starts in challenges of Orange County’s four Republican members of Congress, but the incumbents performed even better and easily outpaced their opponents, according to semi-annual campaign disclosures filed over the weekend.

However, there are multiple Democratic candidates in all four races — and in two of those contests, total Democratic fundraising surpassed that of the GOP incumbent, indicating that a single Democrat to emerge from the June 2018 primary could be financially competitive come the general election.

Among the most closely watched races in the country is that of Rep. Darrell Issa, R- Vista, after he won re-election by just 0.6 percentage points last year over retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate of San Clemente. Issa, who gained notoriety during the Obama administration as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, raised $822,000 in the first half of the year — including the transfer of $121,000 from other campaign-related accounts. He had $672,000 remaining as of June 30.

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