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Loretta Sanchez, running for U.S. Senate, unloads old campaign headquarters

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, middle, greets supporters at the California Democratic Party convention last year.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez, middle, greets supporters at the California Democratic Party convention last year. AP

Four years ago, Rep. Loretta Sanchez took the unusual step of purchasing her campaign headquarters, figuratively putting down roots in her native Anaheim.

Now as she campaigns for the U.S. Senate, Sanchez has decided that the 2,100-square-foot office, for which she paid $415,000, is no longer necessary.

The Democrat used $475,000 from its sale for her statewide Senate campaign, bringing her total haul to $2.7 million (including nearly $1 million in transfers from her congressional account and the $300,000 she previously loaned herself.)

Even with the real estate windfall, Sanchez continues to trail Democratic rival Kamala Harris, who has raised nearly $8 million since launching her bid last year. Sanchez took in $388,000, spent $303,000 in the last quarter and finished with $2.1 million on hand. Harris, the state attorney general, raised about $1.9 million in that time, spent $1.2 million and had $212,000 in debt. Harris was left with nearly $4 million to spend in the final five months of the campaign.

The trio of trailing Republicans have a lot of catching up to do in terms of what they have left to spend. Duf Sundheim reported nearly $70,000 left, Tom Del Beccaro about $39,000 and Rocky Chávez with $369 but $43,000 in debt.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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