Capitol Alert

Padilla, Yee lead challengers in California down-ticket contests

State Sen. Alex Padilla had almost eight times as much cash on hand Sept. 30 as Pepperdine University institute director Pete Peterson, his Republican opponent in the race for California secretary of state, one of two down-ticket offices viewed as Republicans’ best chances at a statewide win next month.

Padilla, D-Los Angeles, ended the filing period with $410,000 after raising $301,000 during the summer. Peterson had almost $53,000 on hand as of the end of last month after collecting almost $134,000, according to campaign filings this week.

In the race for state controller, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, a Democrat, had $496,000 cash on hand, more than double the $214,500 of Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, a Republican.

The chart below shows how the candidates stack up financially for the final weeks of campaigning.

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