Bob Rush, right, addresses a question during a Feet to the Fire forum in Costa Mesa in April. (KEVIN CHANG, Daily Pilot / April 5, 2012)

Of Rush's primary performance he said: "Bob ran a very spirited campaign, and he participated in all the debates, and he took the race very seriously."

Neither Mansoor nor Rush could give a specific accounting of how many events or forums they'd attended.

Mansoor said his own level of campaigning hasn't lightened since the primary.

"I go to community events every day — not only in Costa Mesa but in new parts of the district, like Huntington Beach," he said. "Every weekend I'm out walking precincts to say hi to people."

Mansoor said he held a campaign fundraiser Thursday. Friday, he said it was "very successful," but he did not yet have fundraising totals available.

At an intimate Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce candidate reception earlier this month, Rush said he hasn't been walking precincts, though Freeman said they had a corps of "about 20 walking in different cities."

"It's not a career politician machine that we have here," Rush added.

From July 1 to Oct. 20, Rush's campaign spent about $8,467, according to the California Secretary of State's Office website. From Jan.1 to Oct. 20, his campaign spent $85,756 in sum.

That means just under 10% of his campaign spending has been done in the two most recently reported periods (after June) and that Rush's campaign spent upward of $77,000 in the run-up to the primary.

Mansoor's campaign, meanwhile, has spent about $61,607 from July 1 to Oct. 20, and $274,834 total since January, meaning he spent about 22% after the primary. That also means he spent about $213,000 from the beginning of the year through June.

Daigle, according to the website, spent about $157,000 from January until the end of June.

Expenditures include things, such as like consulting and legal and filing fees, campaign literature and office expenses.

"The primary was a tough battle," Mansoor said. "But I'm still taking November seriously."


Not taking it for granted

Mansoor, who was well-known in the area as an eight-year Costa Mesa councilman, added that he's confident, but not taking a win for granted.

Mansoor said at the Huntington Beach candidate reception things are "definitely not winding down. Things heat up as it gets closer to Election Day."

Daigle contends that Rush's campaign seems to be doing the opposite, which doesn't much help his case that he's taking the race seriously.

"I think any energized candidate would be sending mail, would be walking precincts, would have a full calendar of events, a cadre of volunteers," Daigle said. "Those are among the activities that are normally done during campaigns."

Rush is adamant he's in it to win it.