Race of the day: Dan Lungren vs. Ami Bera in California's 3rd district

The Golden State's former attorney general faces a stiff challenge from an Indian-American physician in this suburban Sacramento House district

Name & Party:

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DEMOCRAT

Ami Bera

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REPUBLICAN

Dan Lungren

Basic Info:Physician, professor

Age: 45Two-term incumbent, CA-03

Age: 50

Issues:

  • Calls health-care reform a "good first step"
  • Seeks to end capital gains taxes for small businesses
  • Opposes offshore oil drilling
  • Opposed health-care reform, considers it "rationing"
  • Wants to temporarily suspend any and all capital gains taxes
  • Wants to expand offshore drilling

Polling At:38%46%Campaign Chest:$1.1 million$802,000

Key Quote

"Lungren is looking out for himself. He's looking out for the folks who line his pockets."

"Every commercial he's done, everything that he's done, has been a personal attack."

Petty Controversy:Returned campaign donation from Hamas-linked groupWas pulled over for speeding during a live radio interviewWild card:Historically conservative, California's 3rd districtwhich includes Sacramento's eastern suburbshas been trending left in recent yearsDueling Ads:"Shirt": In this ad, Bera accuses Lungren of skirting ethics laws in order to take a lobbyist-funded vacation in Hawaii"Pelosi": Lungren says that Bera is a "Pelosi clone" who favors a "nanny state"

Ami Bera's "Shirt":

Dan Lungren's "Pelosi":

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