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StricklandCalifornia Budget.jpgFormer state Sen. Tony Strickland is readying a second run against Democrat Julia Brownley in a Southern California congressional seat.

Brownley, a former member of the state Assembly, defeated Strickland by about 5 percentage points in the 26th Congressional District last November. The race for the open seat was a top target in 2012, attracting more than $5 million in spending by outside groups.

Now, Strickland is preparing for a rematch. The Hill reported today that the Moorpark Republican, who is now serving as a fellow at the University of Southern California, has filed a statement of candidacy.

Republicans are hoping to score wins in swing districts throughout the state in 2014. They believe turnout will be lower and less Democratic without President Barack Obama on the top of the ticket. Top Republican strategists say Obama's 23-point victory here last year made it all but impossible for their candidates to win down ticket.

Strickland, who served in both houses of the Legislature, has also run for state controller twice.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Then State Senator Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, speaks during a 2011 Senate floor session. AP Photo Rich Pedroncelli.



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