BY BEN GOAD
WASHINGTON BUREAU
bgoad@pe.com
Published: 17 October 2011 08:04 PM

WASHINGTON — Incumbents outpaced challengers in fundraising efforts in the third quarter , as candidates in the freshly redrawn set of Inland congressional districts amassed their war chests in advance of the 2012 elections, new campaign finance reports show.

But the strongest showing came from Democrat Mark Takano, who is vying against Republican John Tavaglione to represent Riverside County’s competitive open seat. The slightly Democratic-leaning 41st Congressional District, part of the new political maps created this summer by the state’s redistricting commission, includes Riverside, Moreno Valley, Norco, Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.

Takano, a longtime member of Riverside Community College District’s Board of Trustees who announced his bid for the seat in July, took in more than $160,000 between then and the end September.

“I’m happy with the result,” Takano said Monday. “The message it sends is that there’s excitement and enthusiasm about my campaign.”

During the same period, Tavaglione, a member of Riverside County’s Board of Supervisors, collected a little more than $53,000. But Tavaglione declared his candidacy for the seat at the end of the last quarter and took in more than $104,000 in the previous filing period. That puts the two candidates virtually even in terms of total fundraising to date.

Tavaglione was traveling Monday and couldn’t be reached for comment, according to his office. Jim Nygren, a consultant with the campaign, noted that a larger proportion of Tavaglione’s contributors is local.

“We’re satisfied,” Nygren said. “Relatively few of Takano’s donors are from inside the district.”

Elsewhere in the region, Rep. Joe Baca , D-Rialto, out-raised state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod , taking in more than $68,000 in the third quarter. Negrete McLeod, D-Chino, raised a little less than $9,000. The two are seeking to represent the 35{+t}{+h} District, which includes Ontario, Chino, Pomona, Montclair, parts of Fontana and Rialto and unincorporated Bloomington.

Incumbent Rep. Mary Bono Mack posted a quarterly fundraising total of more than $145,000, according to the reports. Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, is seeking an eighth term in Congress. The district in which she lives was tweaked during the redistricting process, and now includes Riverside County’s desert communities, along with Hemet and The Pass. Democrat Raul Ruiz, an emergency room physician from the Coachella Valley who is running to unseat Bono Mack, raised just under $52,000 in his first showing since announcing his candidacy last month.

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