Rep. Darrell Issa’s 2016 campaign bus. Photo courtesy of the campaign

Rep. Darrell Issa reported strong fundraising in his bid for a 10th term in Congress, with $435,000 raised in the third quarter.

The Republican congressman’s campaign listed a total of $852,000 on hand eight months before the June primary.

“I’m so grateful to see such diverse support coming in from all over the district,” said Issa. “San Diego and Orange County can count on me to continue leading on the issues most important to all of us here at home from cleaning up San Onofre, reining in the growth of sober living homes, building safer communities and reducing taxes so families can keep more of what they earn.”

Issa narrowly won re-election in 2016, and is expected to face a strong Democratic challenge next year in a district that voted for Hillary Clinton. The influential Cook Political Report ranks the race as a toss-up.

Paul Kerr, a Democrat who is opposing Issa, has reported raising $500,000 in the last quarter. Orange County attorney Mike Levin, who is also challenging Issa, reported raising $918,000 in under seven months.

On Monday Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a fundraiser in Newport Beach for Issa and six other California republicans.

Issa represents California’s 49th District, which covers north coastal San Diego and south Orange counties.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.