Carl DeMaio at campaign kickoff
Carl DeMaio at his campaign kickoff on Monday. Courtesy of the campaign

Carl DeMaio‘s campaign reported Tuesday raising $250,000 in the 24 hours since the former San Diego City Councilman announced his candidacy for Congress in the 50th District.

“I’m so grateful for the support we’re receiving from grassroots contributors who believe that we can fight and win in California. It just takes a new model for how Republicans compete in a deep blue state,” said DeMaio.

The campaign reported an average contribution from nearly 3,500 people of $72.  Counting a loan from the candidate, the campaign starts with more than $500,000 cash on hand.

DeMaio is challenging a sitting Republican, Rep. Duncan Hunter, who is under indictment for alleged campaign finance fraud.

His likely Democratic challenger, Ammar Campa-Najjar, reported last month that his campaign raised nearly $400,000 in the second quarter and currently also has near $500,000 cash on hand.

The 50th District covers all of San Diego County east of Interstate 15 and north of Interstate 8 and parts of Temecula.

The primary election is scheduled for March 3, 2020.

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