McNerney outraises opponent; Andal steps up his pace

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, (pictured on the far right) continues to outraise GOP challenger Dean Andal of Stockton (pictured on the immediate right) in one of the most competitive congressional races in the nation.

McNerney raised $2.1 million for his re-election as of June 30, according to federal campaign finance documents filed today. Andal amassed $829,000 in the same time period.

Click here to read McNerney’s report to the Federal Election Commission.

Click here to read Andal’s report to the Federal Election Commission.

The men are running in congressional District 11, which stretches from Danville to Morgan Hill, through the Tri-Valley and into Tracy and western and central San Joaquin County. (Click here to see a map of the district.)

Taking advantage of his incumbent status, McNerney has successfully collected cash from party and political action committees totalling about a third, or $768,000, of his contributions.

Andal has also harnessed the financial power of such groups, reporting contributions of $254,000 or slightly less than a third of his contributions.

The Republican challenger’s viability came under fire earlier this year when his fundraising numbers were lackluster for a major race.

But Andal raised $171,000 in the last reporting period, a nearly tenfold increase over the prior one. Andal spokesman Richard Temple said the Republican has four times more cash on hand than McNerney had at this point in the congressman’s successful 2006 race against then-Rep. Richard Pombo.

Andal reported $663,038 in the bank as of June 30 compared with $1.4 million for McNerney.

Despite the cash gap four months before Election Day, both men are expected to have plenty of money in a contest that national political experts and the two parties consider one of the top five most competitive congressional fights in the country. There’s also no way to know at this point how money special interests groups such as business and environmental organizations will spend independent of the candidates.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen