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Lone GOP health care backer's campaign cash dips

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker is feeling a financial pinch since he voted for the Democratic health care bill last fall.

Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao of New Orleans has seen his fundraising drop by nearly 40 percent since the vote. Of 178 GOP House members, he was the only one to support the health care bill.

Cao's problem -- trying to please a heavily Democratic constituency while relying on core conservatives for money to fuel his campaign.

He raised less than $250,000 during the fourth quarter, compared with nearly $400,000 the previous quarter.

In an interview with the AP, Cao acknowledged his contributions are down and fundraising expenses are eating up the money he has. But he said he expects direct-mail solicitations outside his district to start paying dividends.

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