Vince Fong wins McCarthy’s California House seat special election

California state assemblymember Vince Fong has won the special election to carry out the rest of former Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) term after the former speaker stepped down from office at the end of last year. 

Fong defeated Tulare Sheriff Mike Boudreaux in the head-to-head contest with the state lawmaker garnering 60.5% of the vote with 83% ballots counted. The Associated Press called the race at 11:18 p.m EST.

The victory allows Fong to represent California’s 20th Congressional District for the remainder of this Congress, and it gives him an advantage to win the general election in November for a full term. 

Fong’s win comes as a victory for Speaker Mike Johnson’s predecessor McCarthy, who was ousted last October and retired from Congress just three months later. Fong, once a staffer under McCarthy, ran as a candidate with similar values as his onetime boss, upholding the Republican
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