Duarte, Valadao establish sizable cash advantage over Dem challengers

Millions of dollars continue to flow into the Central Valley’s congressional races. some of which are likely to be among the most tightly-contested in the nation.

The latest congressional campaign finance reports are in for the third quarter of 2023 – July through September. 

Across the Golden State, Republicans – despite facing a chaotic month over the gavel of the Speaker of the House – have firmly established fundraising leads in the state’s battleground races.


Here’s a look at Congressional fundraising in the Central Valley: 

Congressional District 5 

Rep. Tom McClintock (R–Elk Grove), seeking his ninth term in office, is having no trouble outraising the competition so far. 

McClintock raised $191,448.83 in the third quarter of 2023, giving him a cash on hand amount of $202,970.60. 

  • His Democratic challenger Mike Barkley, who he defeated by more than 20 points last year, raised $1,970 in the third quarter and has $1,672.81 on hand. 
  • Democrat Jason Kassel is also running for the district, but the Federal Election Commission did not have a fundraising report from his campaign on Monday, even though the deadline to file the report was on Sunday. 

Congressional District 9 

Rep. Josh Harder (D–Turlock) continues to be a fundraising machine in the Democratic Party, raising $562,943.11 in the last three months, bringing his cash on hand total to nearly $2.3 million. 

  • Republican Kevin Lincoln, the mayor of Stockton, brought in $300,031.39 in the period. After expenses, he has $185,712.23 remaining. 
  • Republican John McBride raised $3,570.01 and has $3,404.55 on hand. 

Congressional District 13 

Rep. John Duarte (R–Modesto) has continued to raise a sizable amount in his first term in office, bringing in $454,796.73 in the third quarter of the year, increasing his war chest to over $1.2 million. 

  • Former Democratic Assemblymember Adam Gray, who lost to Duarte by 564 votes last year, raised $222,881.35 in the latest period. Gray reported $197,227.61 left on hand. 
  • Perennial Democratic Congressional candidate Phil Arballo, raised $30,023.39 and has $34,854.17 in the bank. 

Congressional District 20 

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield) raised $4.5 million in his last few months as Speaker of the House, giving him over $10.6 million in his war chest. 

  • Democratic candidate John Burrows raised $281,588.56 in the same period, although some significant spending leaves him with $98,082.05 left in the bank. 
  • Andy Morales, another Democratic candidate, raised $47,861.15 in the same period and has $16,200.92 left on hand. 
  • Marissa Wood, McCarthy’s 2022 Democratic foe, raised a $7,070.09 on the quarter and ended the period with only $10,894.74 on-hand.

Congressional District 21

Seeking his 11th term in Washington D.C., Rep. Jim Costa (D–Fresno) raised $159,035 in the third quarter of 2023, bringing his war chest to $650,136.55

  • Republican Michael Maher, who lost to Costa by over eight points last year, raised $21,049 and now has $161,129.04 in the bank. 

Congressional District 22

Rep. David Valadao (R–Hanford) is gearing up for what will likely be one of the most expensive House races once again, attempting to defend his seat in a district where Democrats have a 17 point advantage. 

  • Valadao raised $438,202.03 in the period, giving him nearly $1.2 million on hand. 
  • Former Assemblymember Rudy Salas, a Bakersfield Democrat who challenged Valadao last year, brought in $213,275.56. He reported $157,792.87 left on hand. 
  • California State Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D–Bakersfield) raised $43,727.01 and has $33,392.60 left in the bank.
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