Democrats say Donald Trump's latest visit to the Valley is a boost for them

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The Fresno County Democratic Party Chairman said Donald Trump is exciting potential Democratic voters. (KFSN)

In a normal election year, a Republican presidential candidates visit would excite his party supporters. But Michael Evans, the Chairman of the Fresno County Democratic Party, said Donald Trump is exciting potential Democratic voters.

"There's a lot of interest in the Trump campaign, particularly in the Latino community, because of the negative things he said. And that's been driving turnout and I expect that probably to get a little boost because of his visit."

While many Republicans are shunning any connection with Trump, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes hosted Trump's Valley visit. That has Nunes opponent in the November election, Democrat Louie Campos, questioning Nunes' judgment.

"It's kind of disturbing to me. Somebody who's been so divisive, somebody who spoke so disparagingly against people of different groups and different ethnicities, it's kind of disturbing."

But Campos, who works at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, said his real problem with Nunes is his apparent allegiance to the wealthy.

"He's going to a big time money fundraiser right now, and right across the street, more than likely, there's people toiling in the fields. They are never going to talk to them."

While the anti-Trump sentiment may put a small dent in Nunes overwhelming support in the 22nd district, Evans said that there could be a bigger impact in the neighboring 21st Congressional District race between incumbent Republican David Valadao and Democrat Emilio Huerta. The 21st district is a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans, and Latino's are an even bigger majority.

"Trumps made a number of missteps and a number of outrageous statements as regards to Latino's and other minority communities. And that's going to make a difference, especially in that race, with increased Latino turnout I think it looks very positive for Huerta," said Evans.

But the difference in both the 21st and 22nd Congressional Districts is that more Republicans vote. The question is, is there enough anti-Trump sentiment this year to make a difference?

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