October 31, 2014 -- The race for Napa Valley in California's 4th Assembly district, being vacated by termed-out Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, saw a spirited primary battle. The June 3rd faceoff showcased a trio of Democrats who drew a combined $1.28 million in independent expenditures from outside groups. Nevertheless, Charlie Schaupp, a largely self-financed farmer and the only Republican to actively campaign in the Democratic district, managed to place second with 26.1% of the vote to advance alongisde Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd, who, as a Democrat, is favored to win the November election.
The general election campaign has been characterized by an immense funding disparity between the two candidates, with Schaupp's $18,400 primarily in personal loans pitted against Dodd's $896,500 from top contributors like Caymus Vineyards and Jackson Family Enterprises.
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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.