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Early Money Competitive in Top House Rematches

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Rep. Dan Lungren raised $237,000 in the last quarter.

In New Hampshire's 2nd district, Democratic challenger Annie Kuster raised $367,000 in the quarter. She bested Rep. Charles Bass (R), who raised $310,000. But Bass ended last month with a slight cash advantage: $382,000 to Kuster's $331,000. Kuster lost to Bass in 2010 by just 1.5 percent in what was an open seat race.

Ami Bera, a California Democrat challenging Rep. Dan Lungren (R) again in a Sacramento-area district, raised $292,000 last quarter and ended June with $451,000 in the bank.

Lungren raised $237,000 and had $328,000 in cash on hand.

Bera's 2010 challenge to Lungren was one of only a handful of races last cycle where Democrats had a chance to defeat a Republican incumbent. Despite being outspent by nearly $1 million, the Congressman held on to win by seven points.

California's new independent redistricting commission won't adopt a new Congressional map until mid-August, so it is still unknown which candidate will have the partisan edge under the new lines. Assemblywoman Alyson Huber (D) told the Sacramento Bee on Thursday that she too is considering a challenge to Lungren but is waiting to see where the lines fall.

Quarterly fundraising reports to the Federal Election Commission were due midnight Saturday.

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