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See how much campaign cash California legislative candidates have in the bank

Joaquin Arambula, left is congratulated by State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon,center, and Eric Bauman, vice chairman of the California Democratic Party, right, during Arambula's election party in April. Democrats had a significant cash-on-hand advantage at the end of June.
Joaquin Arambula, left is congratulated by State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon,center, and Eric Bauman, vice chairman of the California Democratic Party, right, during Arambula's election party in April. Democrats had a significant cash-on-hand advantage at the end of June. jwalker@fresnobee.com

Assembly and Senate candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot ended June with more than $37.3 million in the bank, according to campaign-finance filings due this week.

Candidates also finished the month with about $3.3 million in outstanding debt on the books, the filings show.

Democrats running for 80 Assembly and 20 state Senate districts held a nearly three-to-one cash-on-hand advantage over Republicans, according to the reports. Democratic party committees, meanwhile, headed into the summer with a similarly large cash advantage over their GOP counterparts.

The Democratic State Central Committee reported almost $16.8 million on hand, more than three times the $5.5 million June 30 ending balance listed by the California Republican Party.

In addition, 17 Democratic county committees and other party groups reported having at least $100,000 in the bank heading into July, compared to only three GOP committees with that much money.

The chart below shows ending balances and outstanding debt for legislative candidates’ campaign committees as of June 30. Not all candidates’ reports were available electronically Tuesday.

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