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Obamas Announce First Round of Endorsements
Includes alumni of his administration

Former President Barack Obama, made his first round of endorsements in the 2018 election cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former President Barack Obama  waded into the 2018 elections and endorsed a slew of candidates across the country, including some who served in his administration.

Obama and former first lady Michelle made their announcement on Wednesday and said the former president would also focus on redistricting.

Duncan Hunter Challenger Hires Veteran Adviser Trippi
Former Dean campaign manager says Campa-Najjar can do same thing Doug Jones did in Alabama last year

Ammar Campa-Najjar, Democratic candidate for California's 50th Congressional district, announced Democratic consultant Joe Trippi was joining his team. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

California Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Democratic challenger announced Howard Dean’s former campaign manager would help him unseat the incumbent Republican.

Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign said it hired Joe Trippi, who also advised Sen. Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama’s Senate race last year, as lead strategist. 

Internal Poll Shows Hunter Challenger Within Single Digits
Incumbent faces criminal investigation into allegedly using campaign funds for personal expenses

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., finished first in the state’s top-two primary in June with 47 percent of the vote, the first time he failed to win a majority in a primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An internal poll from embattled California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter’s challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar showed the 50th District race in single digits.

The Tulchin Research poll found the five-term congressman ahead of his Democratic opponent, 51 percent to 42 percent. 

Poll: Hunter Maintains Wide Lead Despite Federal Investigation
Next closest challenger, Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar, more than 30 points behind

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., still leads in a poll despite being under federal investigation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Despite facing a federal investigation into questionable campaign spending, a new poll shows Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter holds a significant lead ahead of California’s 50th District June 5 primary.

The San Diego Union-Tribune and 10News poll showed 43 percent of respondents support Hunter. The closest competitor, former Obama administration staffer Ammar Campa-Najjar, had the support of 10 percent.

Hunter Trying to Set Up Legal Defense Fund
Comes as he faces federal investigation over use of campaign funds

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., faces a challenge from two other Republicans, three Democrats and an independent in his bid for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Embattled California Rep. Duncan Hunter is trying to set up a legal expense fund as he faces a federal criminal investigation for misuse of campaign dollars.

The legal defense fund would allow people to contribute more than the limits set for campaign contributions, the San Diego-Union Tribune reported.

Hunter Finally Posts a Quarter in Which He Raised More Than He Spent
California congressman has been dogged by a federal investigation into campaign spending

A California elections watchdog notes that Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has spent around 90 percent of his campaign cash on legal fees. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After two consecutive weak fundraising quarters, embattled California Rep. Duncan Hunter finally posted a fundraising quarter in which he raised more than he spent.

The Republican has been dogged by a federal criminal investigation about spending campaign finance cash for personal use.

California Democratic Candidates Feud Over Website
Duncan Hunter challengers in beef over ‘fake news’

Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign says it has nothing to do with a website that says rival Democrat Josh Butner was recruited to run by Republicans and that his father has ties to the Ku Klux Klan.  (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call).

Two Democrats hoping to challenge Rep. Duncan Hunter in California’s 50th District are in a public spat about a website

The row between Josh Butner, a retired Navy SEAL, and former Obama administration official Ammar Campa-Najjar is centered around a website called DuncanButner.com.

With Hunter Floundering, Democrats Eye Flipping Red California Seat
Retired Navy SEAL, ex-Obama official competing in 50th District

Democrats think that with incumbent California Rep. Duncan Hunter under criminal investigation, they have a chance of flipping a solid GOP seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter facing legal troubles, Democrats running in California’s 50th District are increasingly hopeful about picking up a reliably GOP seat.

Hunter won his previous elections in the district by high double digits, beginning in 2008, when he succeeded his father, who served in Congress for almost three decades. President Donald Trump carried Hunter’s district by 15 points in 2016.

Hunter Spent More on Legal Fees Than He Raised in All of 2017
California congressman under investigation for questionable campaign spending

California Rep. Duncan Hunter arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Amid an investigation into his spending of campaign cash, California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter spent more on legal fees than he raised last quarter.

According to California Target Book’s Rob Pyers, who follows campaign finance reports, Hunter raised only $50,000 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 last year.

Hunter Spent More on Legal Fees Than He Raised In Third Quarter
Raised $91,400 and spent more than $130,000 on legal fees

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., faces a criminal investigation into how he spent campaign funds. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Embattled California Rep. Duncan Hunter spent more in the most recent fundraising quarter on legal fees than he raised.

According to Hunter’s October quarterly fundraising records filed with the Federal Election Commission, Hunter spent roughly $134,000 on legal fees.