Republican Ricky Gill of Lodi has raised $115,000 more than three-time incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney in the 9th Congressional District race, according to Federal Election Commission figures.
Gill has raised $755,955.91, as of Sept. 30, while McNerney, D-Pleasanton, garnered $639,791.
When combining contributions and expenditures, Gill has $8,000 more cash on hand to spend on his campaign than McNerney.
Gill, in his first run for public office, is delighted with how much money he’s raised so far, saying that it bodes well for next year’s campaign for McNerney’s seat.
Gill’s representatives say that all of Gill’s contributions have come from individual donors, many of whom live in the San Joaquin Valley. On the other hand, Gill’s camp noted that McNerney accepted more than $230,000 from political action committees in the current election cycle, and many of his contributors come from the Bay Area.
McNerney spokeswoman Lauren Smith said that McNerney has consistently raised $3 million for each of his three elections, and he is on pace to do that again with a lot of small donors.
“He has always had broad support from across the district,” Smith said.
Republican candidates John McDonald of Mountain House and Robert Silva II of Stockton have not received enough contributions to meet federal campaign disclosure requirements.
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