On Monday, former President Donald Trump's new media company indicated GOP Rep. Devin Nunes (CA-22) will resign from Congress by the end of the year to become the enterprise's new CEO. Nunes isn't the first conservative to exit the House to join the ranks of partisan media combatants, but the fact he's giving up the strong likelihood of chairing the powerful House Ways and Means Committee in 2023 is a sign of the times.
Under draft maps under consideration by California's Citizens Redistricting Commission, Nunes's Central Valley-based district could become considerably bluer, taking on more of the city of Fresno and moving from Trump +5 to Biden +9. But Nunes, who raised a staggering $26.8 million in his 2020 reelection race, could have easily taken his war chest north to a more conservative open seat and kept a House seat anyway.
Under California law, Gov. Gavin Newsom will have two weeks from the date of Nunes's resignation to schedule a special election for between 18 and 20 weeks thereafter, likely placing a jungle primary in April and a top-two general
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