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Louisiana: Richmond Expected to Report $100,000 Raised

State Rep. Cedric Richmond (D), who filed in mid-August to run against Rep. Anh “Joseph— Cao (R), said last week that he will report raising more than $100,000 in his third-quarter Federal Election Commission report.

Richmond disclosed his fundraising numbers last week during a trip to Capitol Hill, where he met with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee officials, attended the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference and served as a panelist for a roundtable discussion hosted by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

While Richmond was in Washington, D.C., his first official primary opponent, state Rep. Juan LaFonta (D), filed his statement of candidacy with the FEC. LaFonta’s campaign manager, Anastasia Apa, said LaFonta will launch a campaign Web site later this week and make his formal announcement in mid-October.

Whoever emerges from the Democratic primary will be favored to beat Cao next year in the overwhelmingly Democratic 2nd district. Cao was sitting on $339,000 in cash on hand as of June 30.

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