According to McClatchy DC, Republican Representative Devin Nunes is filing a lawsuit against Twitter for his only narrowly avoiding defeat in his 2018 election. Yet, voter registration and turnout trends will likely be a larger challenge for the representative in his next campaign.
In his district in the Fresno area, the Republican registration fell 5 percent from 2012 to 2018. More voters are now registering without a party preference, and if Democrats show up to the polls in the same number as they did last fall, he could be easily unseated. These trends are one of the reasons that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is including his district as one of its top 2020 targets.
Instead of changing tactics, Nunes is only strengthening his appeal to the Republican party base as he approaches the next election. He regularly appears on conservative media, such as Fox News.
His lawsuit against Twitter is seeking $250 million. He says that the criticism of him on social media is a coordinated conspiracy. He is seeking damages from a political strategist who criticizes him and two Twitter accounts that taunt him.
“In 2018, during his last re-election for the 22nd Congressional District, Nunes endured an orchestrated defamation campaign of stunning breadth and scope, one that no human being should ever have to bear and suffer in their whole life,” the lawsuit reads.
“Unlike prior elections, where Nunes won by sweeping majorities, Nunes won on November 6, 2018 by a much narrower margin, receiving 52.7% of the 222,379 votes,” the lawsuit says.
According to trends, his 2020 election will likely be even more difficult than in 2018, despite the fact that Republicans are a majority in his district. Nunes’ district has lost over 1,000 registered Republicans since 2012 and Democrats have gained almost 6,000. More, Democrats turned out to the polls in record numbers during the 208 midterm election, and are likely to do so again in 2020.
In 2018, local prosecutor Andrew Janz came closer to defeating Nunes than any of his prior opponents. Janz is likely to run against him again in 2020.
Those close to Nunes doubt that voters were influenced by Twitter accounts during the 2018 election.