Ivanka Trump to campaign for Devin Nunes in California

Ivanka Trump to campaign for Devin Nunes in California
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE's daughter and White House aide Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIvanka Trump's fashion line dropped from Hudson's Bay due to 'performance' Trump's harsh immigration policies are a gift for human traffickers Let’s not talk about family leave without talking about child care MORE will visit California to campaign for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations Indictments show the need for Mueller investigation to continue Overnight Health Care: Official defends suspending insurer payments | What Kavanaugh's nomination means for ObamaCare | Panel approves bill to halt employer mandate MORE (R-Calif.) next month, a sign that the Republican could fear a tough reelection battle in November.

Trump will visit Fresno on June 18 to campaign for Nunes and other local Republican House candidates alongside House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE Pelosi: 'The Russians have something on the president' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments MORE (R-Calif.) as part of the GOP's "Keep The House" tour, according to local ABC News affiliate KFSN-TV.

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"Oh yeah, we are excited," Fresno Republican Party Chairman Fred Vanderhoof told the news affiliate. "She's popular, anybody from the Trump family is welcome, and we are honored and excited to see them."

For some, Trump's decision to back Nunes was unsurprising.

"I don't think it's really a surprise, particularly for Nunes, given that he's been so loyal to the president," said Michael Evans, chairman of the Fresno County Democratic Party. "I think they would be viewing this as some sort of payback, but it does raise the question are they concerned about Devin Nunes election prospects this year."

Vanderhoof addressed Republican concerns that a Democratic wave could take back the House in November's midterm elections. 

"We can't be complacent. We know the Democrats are targeting the house they want to take over the house and that is probably going to go through California is to succeed," he said.

Nunes, who won reelection with 67 percent of the vote in 2016, faces a tough Democratic challenge from Fresno County Deputy District Attorney Andrew Janz.

Nunes has served as the representative from California's 22nd District since 2013. He briefly led the House's Russia investigation before recusing himself in 2017.