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officeRB Ami Bera 1.JPGElk Grove Democrat Ami Bera says he has reported raising more than $230,000 in the first quarter for his second run for Congress.

The 46-year-old physician posted strong fundraising numbers in his 2010 bid for the 3rd Congressional District, outraising incumbent Rep. Dan Lungren throughout the campaign. He lost to the Gold River Republican by seven percentage points.

While it is yet to be seen how the boundaries and makeup of the region's congressional seats will change under the decennial redistricting process or if the new district lines will even pit Bera against Lungren, a release sent by the campaign reads like the Bera camp is gearing up for a rematch. Draft district maps drawn by the independent Citizens Redistricting Commission are expected to be released in June.

The 2011 first quarter total is shy of the $300,000 Bera raised as of July 2009, his first active quarter of the 2010 cycle. His campaign said 94 percent of the contributors are from California, with more than 400 coming from the Sacramento region. The full federal campaign finance reports must be submitted by Friday.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ami Bera greets volunteers in his Carmichael field office while he campaign for the 3rd Congressional District on Saturday, October 16, 2010. Randall Benton, Sacramento Bee.


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