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New districts, new money: Valley Congressional candidates close out 2021 with fundraising hauls

With a hectic redistricting sprint completed, Congressional lines finalized, and possibly the last surprising move of political jockeying in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to take a look at the jet fuel for campaigns ahead of the June 7 Primary.

Or, in the case of the 22nd Congressional District special election to replace retired Rep. Devin Nunes (R–Tulare), the April 5 Special Primary election.

Here are the latest fundraising figures, assessed by newly-drawn districts, released on Monday:

California’s 5th Congressional District

The 5th District initially figured to be a sleepy affair, if a foregone conclusion, with Rep. Tom McClintock (R–Elk Grove) announcing he would be moving his campaign into the district from the old, sprawling Sierra Nevada-centric 4th Congressional District.

The 5th, which from El Dorado Hills to Shaver Lake, is a Sierra foothills-San Joaquin Valley hybrid district, with major populations in Modesto, Turlock, and North Fresno.

Monday, Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, a leading contender in the 22nd Congressional District special election, announced he would be dropping his bid to wage a direct challenge to McClintock for the seat.

The mountainous portions of Magsig’s seat on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors are in the 5th District.

California’s 22nd Congressional District Special Election

With Magsig’s exit, two mysteries remain in the special election: first, how much will former Assembly GOP Leader Connie Conway (R–Tulare) raise? And second, how many more GOP contenders will emerge before filing closes?

California’s 9th Congressional District

Thanks to the domino-dropping retirement of Rep. Jerry McNerney (D–Stockton), Rep. Josh Harder (D–Turlock) is on the move to San Joaquin County for this safe Democratic seat.

He faces San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti, a Republican with close ties to famed boxer Mike Tyson.

California’s 20th Congressional District

California’s 21st Congressional District

California’s (new) 22nd Congressional District

Rep. David Valadao (R–Hanford) continues to build a strong war chest in the face of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s hopeful coup de grace, Asm. Rudy Salas (D–Bakersfield), jumping into the race.

Salas, who announced one month into the quarter, missed expectations of matching Valadao out of the gate for money raised.

He did, however, strike a blow to a fellow Democrat, Delano Mayor Bryan Osorio. Salas managed to score a $500.00 contribution from Delano’s City Manager, Maribel Reyna, in the quarter.

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.