Special election to replace Kevin McCarthy in House heads to a runoff in California

The special election to replace former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is headed to a runoff after none of the candidates reached the 50% threshold on Tuesday.

California Republican Assemblyman Vince Fong, the frontrunner in the race, was unable to pocket enough votes to fend off challenges from Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and Democrat Marisa Wood.

Now Fong and Boudreaux, both Republicans, will compete in the May 21 runoff election to fill McCarthy’s former seat for the remainder of his term. Fong secured 42% of votes compared to Boudreaux’s 24% with 98% of votes counted, according to the Associated Press.

The runoff election also means House Speaker Mike Johnson will not yet get an extra Republican vote, as he maintains a narrow 219-213 majority in the House.
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