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Valadao’s record-breaking House re-elect finds its closer: Pence.

Rep. David Valadao’s (R–Hanford) bid to fend off Asm. Rudy Salas (D–Bakersfield) is bringing in late-inning reinforcements.

Monday, former Vice President Mike Pence is returning to the San Joaquin Valley to help raise additional funds for Valadao, who is fighting the nation’s second-most expensive House campaign of the election cycle, per data from the California Target Book.

Pence will attend a fundraiser hosted by Fresno builder Richard Spencer and Harris Farms chief John C. Harris and his wife, Carole.

Pence’s last visit to the San Joaquin Valley, accompanied by his wife Karen, was in mid-2019 as he targeted Democratic Congressional representatives to press Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement to replace NAFTA.

Valadao, at the time, was weighing a bid to challenge then-Rep. TJ Cox (D–Fresno).

Now, Valadao receives Vice Presidential back-up at a time when both parties have spent $12,496,424 to sway voters.

As of Sunday evening, Republicans maintained a $1,359,155 spending advantage in the south Valley congressional district.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.