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Campaign Cash Pours Into Congressional Races

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Senator Dianne Feinstein speaks to delegates at the state party's annual convention on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

Senator Dianne Feinstein speaks to delegates at the state party’s annual convention on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of dollars are flowing into California congressional campaigns after an independent redistricting process created about a dozen highly competitive districts.

The fundraising and spending totals being reported by the midnight Monday deadline are important because they give a partial picture of a candidate’s strength heading into the final weeks of the campaign season. Many also are receiving a substantial boost from political parties and independent committees.

In a neck-a-neck Sacramento-area race, Democrat Ami Bera reported raising about $732,000 in the most recent quarter for his race against incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Lungren. Lungren’s campaign did not immediately release its fundraising figures.

U.S. Dianne Feinstein reported more than $3.3 million cash on hand for her re-election campaign against Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken, who did not have fundraising totals immediately available.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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