Duncan Hunter challenger raises over $580,000 in third quarter

Duncan Hunter challenger raises over $580,000 in third quarter
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Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, who is running to unseat embattled Rep. Duncan HunterDuncan Duane HunterIndicted lawmaker Duncan Hunter fails to land endorsement from local GOP Duncan Hunter challenger raises over 0,000 in third quarter Trump says White House reviewing case of Green Beret charged with Afghan murder MORE (R) in California’s 50th Congressional District, raised more than $580,000 in the third quarter of 2019.

Campa-Najjar’s campaign said it attracted donations from 21,146 donors and the average contribution was $25. It also announced it has raised over $1,300,000 in this election cycle and ended the third quarter with $850,000 cash on hand.

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“The huge amount of grassroots support we’re getting in this race is evidence that voters here are ready for something different — a Congressman who was born and raised in East County, who actually understands their lives and will honorably represent them in Washington. I’ll fight for good-paying jobs, tax cuts for middle-class families, and more affordable health care for the people in my district who’ve long been forgotten by Hunter,” Campa-Najjar said in a statement.

Campa-Najjar raised nearly $400,000 in the second quarter and $350,000 in the first quarter.

The campaign also announced several endorsements from California representatives and several advocacy groups and unions.

The House race in the 50th District, which covers some San Diego suburbs, is likely to be a top Democratic target in 2020 as Hunter continues to deal with the repercussions of an indictment over allegedly misusing campaign funds for personal expenses.

His wife pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this year, though Hunter has maintained his innocence.

In a sign the indictment is impacting his political prospects, Hunter narrowly held on to his seat last year, edging out Campa-Najjar by about 3 points, after trouncing his opponent by 27 points in 2016.

Beyond his legal troubles and a challenge from Campa-Najjar, Hunter is also facing a primary battle against former Rep. Darrell IssaDarrell Edward IssaWhy the GOP march of mad hatters poses a threat to our Democracy Elijah Cummings, native son of Baltimore, gets emotional send-off from Democratic luminaries Lawmakers come together to honor Cummings: 'One of the greats in our country's history' MORE (R-Calif.), who announced last month that he will run for the seat. 

Campa-Najjar slammed Issa, who previously represented the 49th Congressional District, saying he’s running an opportunistic campaign.

“Right now, we have a Congressman facing criminal trial who is completely unfit to serve, so a bunch of other politicians — including those who don’t even live here — see an opportunity to advance their own careers,” said Campa-Najjar.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the race as “lean Republican.”