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Devin Nunes to step down from Congress

“Recently I was presented with a new opportunity to fight for the most important issues I believe in,” Nunes said in the email. “I am writing to let you know that I have decided to take this opportunity, and therefore I will be leaving the House of Representatives at the end of 2021.”

By choosing not to stay in Congress, Nunes is doing on his own terms what California Democrats have failed to do in multiple well-funded attempts to overthrow him. A Republican representing the agriculture-dominated Central Valley of California, Nunes has become a primary campaign target for Democrats given Nunes’ loyalty to Trump.

Democrats seeking to overthrow Nunes have raised millions of dollars in past cycles – much of it outside of state, underscoring wider fervor for the overthrow of Nunes. But the legislator has handily rejected these attempts.

This stamina is a testament to both his district’s strong Republican streak and Nunes’ enduring popularity among conservative voters. He is a prolific fundraiser whose war chest contained nearly $ 12 million at the end of September.

But the new legislative constituencies could cloud this calculation. A draft map released by the Independent California Redistribution Commission would make the Nunes District much more difficult, energizing Democrats. The definitive cards should be released at the end of January. Some political strategists thought Nunes would respond by switching to a more user-friendly seat, as California law does not require House members to live in the districts they represent.


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