Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio raised $613,000 in the second quarter for one of the GOP’s most targeted House races, according to numbers provided first to CQ Roll Call.
DeMaio, the Republican nominee in California’s competitive 52nd District, ended June with $1.4 million.
A top Republican recruit , DeMaio is challenging freshman Rep. Scott Peters, one of the most vulnerable Democrats in Congress. Peters, who defeated a Republican incumbent last cycle, has not yet released his second-quarter fundraising figures, which cover the three-month period from April 1 to June 30. As of May 14, a few weeks before California’s June 3 primary, Peters reported more than $1.5 million in cash on hand.
Second-quarter reports are due to the Federal Election Commission by July 15.
DeMaio’s bid has gained national attention this cycle, as he is one of a handful of openly gay candidates running for Congress. He’s also running in a San Diego-based district drawn as one of the most competitive in the country. President Barack Obama won the district by 6 points in 2012.
Both House committees have reserved TV airtime there in the fall. The National Republican Congressional Committee reserved $1.7 million in the district this fall, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserved $1.4 million . Both committees could add to that total as the cycle progresses.
California’s 52nd District is rated a Tossup contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.