Politics

Seven months to Election Day, here’s how local Congressional battles are shaping up

Now that the fields are set for every Congressional race across the Valley floor, here’s how candidate fundraising is shaping up following the first quarter of 2020.

TABLE KEY:

  • Q1 R: Funds raised in the First Quarter of 2020
  • Q1 SP: Funds spend in the First Quarter of 2020
  • RCTD: Funds raised in the 2020 cycle-to-date
  • SCTD: Funds spent in the 2020 cycle-to-date
  • DBT: Debt
  • COH: Cash-on-hand

California’s 22nd Congressional District

National pundits angling for a sequel to the 2018 Congressional midterm elections might not find it in Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R–Tulare) neck of the woods.

After a crowded Democratic field whittled down to DCCC-supported and Andrew Janz-backed Phil Arballo, a Fresno financial advisor, Nunes’ warchest ballooned by more than $1.6 million from the end of 2019 through April.

For comparison sake, Nunes holds roughly 31 times the amount of cash-on-hand as his new rival.

Campaign CmteQ1 RQ1 SPRCTDSCTDDBTCOH
Devin Nunes Campaign Committee (i) $3,941,259.20$2,367,544.90$11,872,841.53$7,605,094.03$0$8,764,370.01
Arballo for Congress$706,118.96$989,490.73$1,794,773.88$1,518,317.73$0$276456.15

California’s 21st Congressional District

Former Rep. David Valadao (R–Hanford), who bested Rep. TJ Cox (D–Fresno) in the fourth quarter of 2019, holds a razor-thin cash-on-hand advantage after Cox pulled down a $100,000 fundraising lead on the quarter.

Meanwhile, the Congressional Leadership Fund – a GOP Super PAC – announced it reserved $1.6 million in Fall television time to support Valadao.

Campaign CmteQ1 RQ1 SPRCTDSCTDDBTCOH
TJ Cox for Congress (i)$623,439.91$249265.82$2,334,641.96$1,255,870.75251.95
$1,261,228.78
Valadao for Congress$522,989.11$275,972.01$1,715,117.18$441,270.43$0$1,262,945.20

California’s 16th Congressional District

Rep. Jim Costa (D–Fresno) vanquished his first-ever Democratic primary challenge, sending Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria into a distant third.

Now, Costa faces an easier General Election matchup than posed by Soria. Republican challenger, and former Clovis Adult Education chief, Kevin Cookingham has yet to haul in the kind of funds on-par with prior challengers to Costa.

Campaign CmteQ1 RQ1 SPRCTDSCTDDBTCOH
Jim Costa for Congress (i)$330,114.5$863,822.25$1,560,230.30$1,359,726.00$0$370027.22
Kevin Cookingham for Congress$39,217.49$59,858.40$97,397.00$91393.58$0$6,003.42

California’s 23rd Congressional District

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield) continues to maintain an overwhelming fundraising and cash-on-hand advantage over Democrat Kim Mangone.

Campaign CmteQ1 RQ1 SPRCTDSCTDDBTCOH
Kevin McCarthy for Congress (i)$4,132,137.65$2,790,131.48$12,096,338.58$8,630,998.75$10,000.00$5,159,604.44
Committee to Elect Kim Mangone for Congress$55,602.39$52,179.51$132,295.12$90,498.72$1,308.42$41,796.40

California’s 10th Congressional District

Rep. Josh Harder (D–Turlock) continues to serve as the fundraising juggernaut of the Freshman Democrats, with a $1 million fundraising haul in the first quarter of 2020.

Campaign CmteQ1 RQ1 SPRCTDSCTDDBTCOH
Josh Harder for Congress (i)$1,166,436.08$221,940.73$4,492,519.48$1,072,987.75$0$3,557,070.93
Ted Howze for Congress 2020 $96,561.56$220,630.12$1,099,167.15$998,591.65$588,000.00$584,249.85

The San Joaquin Valley Sun
Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.