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Fresh Off Water Wins, Denham Confident in Re-Election Victory
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 5 years ago on
October 26, 2018

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Jeff Denham is confident he will be back in Washington come January. The Republican congressman is in a tight race against Democratic challenger Josh Harder in the 10th District, centered on Modesto.
How tight? National election guesser like Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball and The Cook Political Report call it a toss-up. FiveThirtyEight predicts Harder will win with 53% of the vote.

Denham Dismisses Challenger

Denham is undeterred.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a close election. This is the fifth time they’ve moved somebody from outside the district,” Denham said.
He said Harder, a venture capitalist, doesn’t have values of the district.
“Bay Area Harder is somebody that represents Nancy Pelosi and Bay Area values and not water storage and our way of life here in the Valley.”

Water Victories

Denham recently sat down for a pre-election Take Five with GV Wire. He spoke about two recent actions by President Donald Trump to increase water to the Valley.
“It is certainly is a one-two punch. One, to play defense to make sure we keep our water and having certainty for our farmers. Two, it is making sure we are focused on the future,” Denham said.
He feels that the presidential memorandum Trump issued to streamline regulations for water projects, as well as his signing of a bill titled America’s Water Infrastructure Act, will guarantee money for projects like Temperance Flat dam.

Take Five

Denham sat down with GV Wire for a fast-paced Take Five interview. He offered his views on:
— President’s Trump’s recent actions affecting California water.
— The Central American migrant caravan currently traveling through Mexico.
—  Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s suspected death at the hands of Saudi government officials.
— Mail bombs targeting American political figures.
— His re-election campaign against Josh Harder.
Click on the video above to watch.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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