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 rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE's daughter and White House aide Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpEx-Trump, progressive strategists battle over charges of anti-Semitism surrounding Eric Trump Ethics watchdog requests probe into Trump officials traveling to campaign events Trump praises Arizona governor's pick of Jon Kyl to succeed McCain MORE will visit California to campaign for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRussia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe 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 McCarthyOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil 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.