Democratic and Republican party campaign committees had pumped more than $29 million into the state’s most competitive Assembly and Senate contests heading into Tuesday’s election, state filings show.
Democratic candidates in the party’s top-10 contests collected more than $21 million since mid-August, almost three times the $8.3 million donated by Republican parties to candidates in their top-10 districts.
Among Democratic candidates, the campaigns of former Assembly members Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, and Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, and challenger Abigail Medina, D-San Bernardino, had received the most party money, as Democrats seek to recapture the two-thirds super-majorities they enjoyed after the 2012 election.
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Among Republican candidates, the state Senate campaigns of Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar, and Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, had received the most party money. Next-highest was Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, who is running against Medina.
State parties and county central committees have a major role in candidate fundraising under state rules approved by voters in 2000. The law set tight candidate contribution limits but allows parties to donate much larger amounts.