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He significantly trails the Democratic incumbent in fund-raising, reporting about $415,300 in cash on hand as of June 30, compared with Mr. Edwards‘ $2.14 million-plus, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Mr. Flores is portraying his opponent as a Washington insider who fully backs the “failing liberal agenda” of Mr. Obama and Mrs. Pelosi. In what’s shaping up to be a nasty campaign, Mr. Flores has said Mr. Edwards should return $42,000 in campaign donations from New York Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel, the former House Ways and Means Committee chairman who faces trial in the House on ethics charges.

Roy Rost of McGregor said he usually votes for GOP candidates and has consistently voted for Mr. Edwards - but probably won’t this year.

“I don’t like how things are going in Washington, all the spending, and I don’t know where the money is going to come from,” Mr. Rost said.