Capitol Alert: Yee's arrest upends contest for California Secretary of State

03/26/2014 11:33 AM

03/26/2014 5:24 PM

This morning's arrest of state Sen. Leland Yee roils the race for Secretary of State, although the San Francisco Democrat's standing in the six-person field seemed to be slipping in recent weeks.

Yee, D-San Francisco, is one of three Democrats running for the post. The others are state Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, and Derek Cressman, the former California director of Common Cause. Republican Pete Peterson, independent Dan Schnur, and Green David Curtis also are candidates.

In fundraising reports filed this week, Padilla and Schnur, headed into the final 2-1/2 months before the June primary with the most cash on hand. Padilla had more than $614,000 in his campaign treasury as of March 17. Schnur, a former Republican-turned-independent, had $260,000.

Yee, though, had only $134,000 cash on hand after raising just $70,000 since January. It's unclear how Yee's arrest will change the race, and if it makes it more or less likely that Schnur will advance to the November runoff.

The charts below show how much each candidate's campaign raised and spent, cash on hand, and debt.

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