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Rep. Dan Lungren has decided against challenging fellow Republican Congressman Tom McClintock and instead will run in what is a swing district that extends from Elk Grove to Folsom, his campaign manager said today.

"Unless something changes, he will run in the 7th Congressional District and is confident in doing so," Lungren adviser Rob Stutzman told The Bee.

Lungren had toyed with running against McClintock, the more conservative of the two, in the 2012 GOP primary for the 4th Congressional District.

The district where McClintock will be running is among the most conservative in the state. It includes part of Roseville, and stretches from Lake Tahoe south past Yosemite National Park.

By deciding to stay put, Lungren will seek the congressional seat that includes his home in Gold River. If he wins reelection -- not a sure thing -- he would represent McClintock, whose residence is in Elk Grove.

"Republicans need to focus on holding the House, not necessarily running against each other, which unfortunately is happening elsewhere," Stutzman said.

Lungren won reelection last year against Democratic physician Ami Bera. Bera, a proven fund-raiser, is planning to run again.

At the end of June, Bera had $450,000 in the cash for his next campaign, compared to Lungren's $328,000. Assemblywoman Alyson Huber (D-El Dorado Hills) was considering challenging Bera in the Democratic primary.


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