Devin Nunes backs Tom McClintock for new California 5th Congressional District on eve of House exit


Rep. Devin Nunes is encouraging Rep. Tom McClintock to run for reelection in California’s new 5th Congressional District, gifting a key political endorsement to his fellow Republican one day before resigning from Congress.

The newly configured district is anchored in the San Joaquin Valley and includes significant portions of Nunes’s existing 22nd Congressional District. Nunes will depart Congress effective 11:59 p.m. New Year’s Eve to become CEO of former President Donald Trump’s new social media venture. He wants McClintock, 65, to take his place in the redrawn northern Central Valley seat fashioned to elect Republicans.

“Tom has been a champion for the conservative movement for many years,” Nunes told the Washington Examiner on Friday. “He’s popular enough to run successfully anywhere in California, but I hope he…

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