Special election to replace McCarthy scheduled for after state primaries

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has scheduled the special election to replace former Republican California Rep. Kevin McCarthy in the House for two weeks after the rest of the state’s primary races.

The special primary election will be held on March 19 for candidates to compete to finish the rest of McCarthy’s term. Under state law, if a candidate wins the majority in the special primary, he or she automatically wins and is sworn into Congress shortly after. If there is no outright winner, the top two candidates will compete in a May 21 runoff, according to Newsom’s office.

The special primary comes just two weeks after the state holds its 2024 primary elections on March 5, during which many of the same candidates will be fighting to appear on the November ballot to win a full-year
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