Former state Senator Lou Correa listens to Joe Dunn during a debate of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez at the League of United Latin American Citizens in Garden Grove Saturday. ///ADDITIONAL INFO: congress.1018.kjs --- Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register -- 10/17/15 Coverage of a debate for candidates seeking to replacing outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Orange. 10/17/15

Former state Senator Lou Correa listens to Joe Dunn during a debate of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Rep. Loretta Sanchez at the League of United Latin American Citizens in Garden Grove Saturday. (Kevin Sullivan – Staff Photographer)

By Teri Sforza
Feb. 1, 2016
Updated Feb. 2, 2016 – 12:07 a.m.

The battle for the congressional seat being vacated by Loretta Sanchez is firming up as a faceoff between two longtime O.C. Democrats: Lou Correa and Joe Dunn.

Correa and Dunn far eclipsed the other hopefuls when it came to raising cold, hard cash, according to campaign disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission for 2015.

Correa raised a total of $296,222 in 2015, with $116,540 coming in the final months. He spent $44,390, leaving him with the biggest war chest heading into the election year – $251,832.

Slightly trailing was Dunn. He raised $244,434, with $113,160 coming in the final months. But he spent more than Correa in 2015 – $68,886 – leaving him with cash-on-hand of $175,548 heading into 2016.

“We’re happy with our numbers, which show this is a very competitive race,” said Doug Herman, spokesman for Dunn. “It’s starting to come on the radar for the people of Orange County, and we’re looking forward to having a robust conversation on the issues.”

The other hopefuls to replace Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, in the U.S. House of Representatives trailed.

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