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Devin Nunes fends off Democratic opponent in California

Devin Nunes fends off Democratic opponent in California
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Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts McCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs MORE (R-Calif.) was projected to win reelection to represent California’s 22nd Congressional District for another term Wednesday afternoon.

Nunes fended off a competitive challenger in Democrat Phil Arballo, who had cut into Nunes’s lead in the weeks before Election Day. His victory ensures that he will remain in Congress for at least another two years.

The Associated Press called the race for Nunes at 12:46 p.m. PST, garnering more than 53 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting. 

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Nunes is the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, a leadership post he has served in since the beginning of President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE’s first term.

Nunes is a loyal Trump ally on Capitol Hill. He was one of Trump’s main defenders in Congress during the president's impeachment by the House of Representatives last year. The House impeachment inquiry was spearheaded by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Lone wolf actors post greatest domestic terror threat, FBI, DHS conclude State calls for Azerbaijan to pull back forces from Armenia border MORE (D-Calif.), one of Trump’s fiercest critics.

Nunes, a former dairy farmer, has served in Congress since 2003, first representing California’s 21st Congressional District before redistricting.