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Combatants in three closely-watched congressional races in the Sacramento region are starting the general election campaign with relatively even campaign bank accounts, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

In Eastern Sacramento County's CD 7, Republican Rep. Dan Lungren and Democratic challenger Ami Bera are launching the campaign with about $1.2 million each.

In CD 3, which stretches into Yolo County, Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Kim Vann each have about $200,000 in the bank.

And in San Joaquin's CD 9, Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney and Republican Ricky Gill each reported more than $1 million in cash, but Gill has $153,000 in debt to pay off.

In California's hottest same-party contest, Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, reported raising about $6.25 million this year in the Los Angeles-area's CD 30.

Berman reported spending a little over $4 million to Sherman's $2.75 million. Berman, however, only reported $446,850 cash on hand, while Sherman reported $3 million as of June 30.

The two candidates also reported far more debt than candidates in other races. Berman reported roughly $105,000 and Sherman reported $835,215.

In the battle between two Republicans in the Inland Empire's CD 31, Rep. Gary Miller has far outraised state Sen. Bob Dutton this year, $857,610 to $169,415. Miller has also reported far more cash on hand -- $859,297 to Dutton's $31,109.

The spreadsheet below shows total contributions, total expenditures, cash on hand and debt for the candidates who made it past June's primary in some of California's key congressional races.


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