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October 31, 2014 -- Assemblymember and Speaker Pro Tempore Nora Campos is heavily favored to win re-election in Assembly District 27 despite a wave of critical press. News reports have questioned her management style, detailing a high rate of turnover among staff and an explosive temper. Investigators have also questioned whether she was involved in alleged fraudulent mailings connected to her brother, San Jose City Councilman Xavier Campos. Despite the reports, Campos has raised $428,100 for her campaign, and her top five contributors are all unions who have given more than $8,000 each.
Her opponent, Republican G Burt Lancaster, was the only other candidate to run in the June primary, and received 30.5% of the vote. His campaign has raised $2,800.
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Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to the primary controlled committees associated with candidates on California's November ballot from January 1, 2013 - September 3, 2014. Top contributor figures are based on itemized records, aggregated by employer for individual donors and by affiliate organization for political action committees. Total raised figures are based on summaries submitted by candidate committees in Form 460 reports. All numbers are based on latest data made available by the California Secretary of State as of September 3, 2014.