Rep. Mike Honda’s primary election defeat to Ro Khanna almost certainly spells deuces for the eight-term South Bay congressman. Consider that Khanna announced a huge fundraising advantage with $1.5 million cash on hand as he heads toward the November runoff, and the Honda camp’s sudden post-primary departures—field director Andrew Munson, finance director Sudip Dutta and deputy finance director Nicole Nabulsi—and it makes sense why Uncle Mike’s remaining operatives are sticking to “right-wing millionaire and billionaire” talking points like life preservers. In an email exchange with Fly, Honda campaign manager Michael Beckendorf and spokesman Vedant Patel both refused to explain the circumstances of recent departures. Word is Dutta saw the writing on the wall—knowing there’s no chance to win and asking people for campaign money is career seppuku—and found a soft landing with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), who is a shoo-in for re-election. Beckendorf also seems to be buttressing against the taint of losing, as his LinkedIn profile names nine previous candidates he’s worked for but curiously omits Honda’s name as his current employer. Instead, Beckendorf presents himself as the campaign manager of a generic “Congressional Compaign” [sic]. He even ignored Fly’s helpful tip about fixing the typo, instead trotting out a stale trope on right-wing support for Khanna that’s been recycled with little success. Honda’s campaign employees aren’t the only ones jumping ship, though. The congressman’s district director Edwin Tan left the office last month, and we’re waiting to hear back from Honda’s office on others. Despite Honda’s ongoing ethics probe—more or less a sham to run out the clock, as we hear former Honda campaign manager Doug Greven hasn’t even been subpoenaed—none of this is to suggest Fly is calling for Honda to drop out. Mercury News howler monkey Scott Herhold attempted as much in a recent column, teeing it up for commenters to let him know the bell tolls for thee.