It's a run for the money in the Golden State!

Democratic challengers in two hot Northern California congressional races out-raised the GOP incumbents during the first 18 days of October, as Democratic hopes rise for retaking the House. But the Republicans still had far more cash on-hand for the crucial push to Election Day.

In the high-profile Central Valley contest pitting House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo against Democratic wind energy engineer Jerry McNerney, McNerney raised $416,000 from Oct. 1 to Oct. 18, while Pombo pulled in $343,000.

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Here's what people are saying:

"I'm voting for McNerney, because I care about reducing our dependence on foreign oil without destroying our own environment. Pombo can only think of options that would destroy what makes California beautiful." — Jessie (Morgan Hill, CA)