California House candidate Ami Bera (D) isn’t expecting any help from Washington in his race against Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.).

“We recognize [the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] is going to be playing defense in a lot of races,” Bera said Friday on a conference call organized by the Indian-American Leadership Initiative. “We’re going to run the campaign we have to run.”

Bera has been getting national attention for his fundraising prowess. He had $1,140,083 cash on hand at the end of June, whereas Lungren had only $802,367.

The DCCC is currently in the process of placing its fall ad buys. It hasn’t bought TV time in California’s 3rd district. 

“We’ve got to win this race on the merits, locally, on the ground,” Bera said. “This is really a referendum against Washington.”