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April 20, 2009

Chu's momentum

It’s been a good week for Congressional candidate Judy Chu, one of the frontrunners to replace former Rep. Hilda Solis in the May 19 special election primary.

First, Chu reported raising over $823,000 in the first three months of the year -- the most money of any candidate in the 12-candidate race. She outpaced Democratic state senator Gil Cedillo, who raised $568,000 during the same period. A third Democratic candidate, financial consultant Emanuel Pleitez, raised $153,000.

And over the weekend, Chu received the unanimous endorsement of the state Democratic party, giving her key establishment backing four weeks before the primary.

Chu, who sits on the state's Board of Equalization, had previously served in the California state Assembly. Her biggest challenge will be winning over the district’s significant share of Hispanic voters while running against a Hispanic lawmaker.

The racially-diverse 32nd District is about two-thirds Hispanic, but also has a sizable Asian-American population of about 20 percent.