While Democrats had a disappointing recruitment in CA-21, the GOP had similar results just north of there in the new CA-16. This district mixed parts of the districts currently occupied by Democrats Dennis Cardoza, Jim Costa, as well as Republicans Jeff Denham and Devin Nunes. It's a district that leans Democratic, but Republican congressional candidates got 49.1% of the vote here in 2010.
Costa quickly chose this district, even though fellow Democrat Dennis Cardoza has more of it right now. Cardoza retired rather than face off against Costa.
Republicans tried to recruit former Fresno Mayor Jim Patterson, but Patterson passed on the district. Fresno City Council Member Clint Olivier also passed on it. The Republican candidates are Brian Whelan, Johnny Tacherra, and Mark Garcia. Otherwise known as who, who, and who. While Whelan has made some progress fundraising none of them are on anyone's radar. The GOP is a real long shot in this district. No one is expecting much.