In last November's midterm elections, Democrats accomplished what very few thought they would: picking up seven California congressional seats held by Republicans, including four in Orange County and two in the Central Valley.
On the heels of that success, Democrats are now setting their sights on two other Republican incumbents who narrowly eluded getting swept out by the blue tsunami: Devin Nunes and Duncan Hunter.
In the 2018 election cycle, Nunes — one of President Donald Trump's earliest and most ardent defenders — used an extensive fundraising operation to rake in more than $12 million for his re-election campaign, almost half of it coming from small individual donors.
"Much of it was raised through digital ads on right wing web sites like Info Wars," said Drew Godinich, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's spokesperson in California for the 2018 election. "We'd never really seen that before."
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) never seriously believed Nunes could be beaten. But his challenger, Fresno prosecutor Andrew Janz, exceeded expectations, with very little help from the Democratic Party.