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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE's daughter and White House aide Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpCohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Cohen told lawmakers that Trump lawyer Sekulow instructed him to lie about Moscow tower project: report House Intel to probe whether lawyers for Trump family interfered in investigation MORE will visit California to campaign for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesOvernight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Schiff says DOJ hasn't complied with subpoena for Mueller report Key Republican 'convinced' Iran threats are credible 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 McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Buzz grows Rep. Amash will challenge Trump as a Libertarian 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.