California: Strickland Seeks Rematch with Brownley

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State Senator Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, second from left, discusses the newly formed Taxpayers Caucus during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 23, 2011.

California Republican Tony Strickland is seeking a rematch with Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley, who defeated him last November in a Ventura County-based district west of Los Angeles.

Strickland, a former state legislator, filed a statement of candidacy and a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission to prepare for a 2014 race against Brownley, who won their 2012 race by 52.7 percent to 47.3 percent.

That closely tracked the 54.0 percent to 43.7 percent margin by which President Barack Obama defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a district, the 26th, that includes Oxnard and Thousand Oaks in Ventura County and a small part of Los Angeles County.

Strickland raised about $2.5 million during the 2012 campaign compared with $2.2 million for Brownley, who benefited from most of the $4.1 million in outside spending on the race, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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