Avakian reports raising $200,00 to challenge Wu

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian (a VAHK' ee-in) has raised just under $200,000 for his bid to unseat embattled congressman David Wu.

Avakian's campaign announced the strong second quarter fundraising total on Thursday. Avakian was the first of two Democrats to announce they are challenging Wu in next year's primary.

Avakian reported spending about $70,000 between April and June. He had $124,000 in the bank and no debt.

Wu is facing a serious primary challenge amid reports about his erratic behavior in the run-up to the 2010 election. Wu has not yet released his fundraising total for the second quarter, but he reported raising $230,000 in the first three months of this year.

State Rep. Brad Witt announced last week he also will seek the Democratic nomination.