The race for Devin Nunes’ congressional seat in California has flipped. Once considered a “safe” seat for Republicans, it is now up for grabs. The trend is good news for Thai American challenger, Andrew Janz.
The race for California’s Congressional District 22, smack dab in the middle of the conservative-leaning Central Valley and held by controversial GOP incumbent Nunes, has been downgraded from “safely Republican” to “likely Republican” by a closely watched political forecasting website.
Janz is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to run against Nunes in November. The California primary is June 5.
Campaign filings show Janz has raised nearly $1.4 million in the last year, including $600,000 in the month of February alone. That surge of donations can be attributed to Nunes, as chair of the House Intelligence Committee, releasing a GOP memo concluding that there had been no collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump presidential campaign.
The difference is 47% of Nunes itemized donors live or operate outside of California, while 72% of Janz’s itemized donors were in-state.
The survey also showed that the majority of Nunes money came from political action committees (PACs) averaging $1,163 per donation.
Janz’s average donation was only $42. Even Janz’s large donors – those who donated over $200 – averaged only $262. Therefore, one can safely surmise that that the Democrat has a broader populist appeal than Republican Nunes.
(Editor Note: An earlier version of this story misidentified Janz’ ethnicity. We apologize for the error).