Sanchez Leading Tran in Cash Race

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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has a glaring advantage in cash over her Republican challenger, Van Tran, as they head into the final stretch of a hard-run race, federal campaign records show.

With two weeks to go before the election, Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, still had nearly $1.2 million in her campaign accounts, the most recent campaign-finance reports showed. Tran, a termed-out assemblyman hoping to unseat her, had less than $300,000.

The reports, released late Friday, showed that Sanchez had already outspent Tran nearly two-to-one in the race for central Orange County’s seat in Congress. One result: She has been able to take her message to television, while Tran has stuck to less-expensive radio and print ads.

In all, Sanchez has raised more than $1.7 million over the course of the campaign — about 56 percent of it from individual donors, and 44 percent from political committees. Tran has raised just under $985,000 — nearly 90 percent of it from individuals.

“All the money in the world won’t change the fact that (Sanchez) has passed only one bill in 14 years in Congress,” Tran campaign spokesman George Andrews said.