Written by Ashton Snyder on
 May 23, 2024

Fong Triumphs in California Special Election

Vince Fong has clinched a crucial victory in a California special election to fill the House seat vacated by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

According to Just The News, House Republicans secured a critical seat, bringing their total to 218 members after Vince Fong won a special election to replace former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

The election was a highly contested battle between Vince Fong and Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux, marked by significant support and legal challenges. The outcome increases the Republican presence in the House to 218 members, while the Democrats hold 213.

McCarthy's Departure and Its Impact

Kevin McCarthy left the House in December following a vote that saw his ousting from the speakership. The vote to remove McCarthy from his position witnessed an unusual coalition of all Democrats and a small group of Republicans, led by Representative Matt Gaetz, opposing him.

This departure prompted a special election to fill the vacant seat, setting the stage for a robust contest between Vince Fong, a former worker for McCarthy, and Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux.

Fong garnered significant support for his campaign. Among his most notable backers were McCarthy himself and former President Donald Trump, who actively urged Republicans to unite behind Fong.

Legal Hurdles and Political Endorsements

Vince Fong's candidacy was not without controversy and legal battles. Under California law, he faced a temporary disqualification from running for the House seat because a law stated he could not run for both the state Assembly and the House of Representatives simultaneously.

A judge's ruling in December permitted Fong to appear on the ballot for both races. Despite the legal challenge, Fong managed to overcome the hurdle with the continued support of his influential backers.

Donald Trump expressed his support for Fong in February on his social media platform Truth Social, declaring it was "time to unite around Vince Fong and elect a true Republican to this seat."

The Election Outcome and Future Competitions

Mike Boudreaux received the most votes in the March primary, making the race even more intense. However, Tuesday's special election determined who would serve the remainder of McCarthy's term, which ended with Fong's victory.

Both candidates, Fong and Boudreaux, will face each other again in November for the full-term general election, which will undoubtedly be closely watched. This upcoming competition sets a critical tone for the future of California's 20th district.

With his win, Vince Fong will now represent District 20 in the House of Representatives, an area encompassing parts of Bakersfield and Fresno. The victory not only cements the Republican hold on the district but also potentially influences the broader political landscape heading into the general election.

Vince Fong won a significant special election for the House seat, which was left by Kevin McCarthy and supported by former President Donald Trump. Due to California's electoral laws, legal challenges almost derailed Fong's run, but a judge's ruling allowed his candidacy. Mike Boudreaux won the most votes in the March primary, and both will compete again in November for the full term.
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