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Ivanka Trump to campaign for Devin Nunes in California

Ivanka Trump to campaign for Devin Nunes in California
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President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE's daughter and White House aide Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Ivanka Trump doubles down on vaccine push with post celebrating second shot Jill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans MORE will visit California to campaign for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesMcCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues 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 McCarthyBiden to meet with 6 GOP senators next week GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories National Review editors defend Cheney from party attacks 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.