Overview and Live Results: California Congressional District 20 Special Election

Voters in California's 20th congressional district will fill one of five U.S. House vacancies on Tuesday. The winner will complete the term of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R), who resigned at the end of last year.

Both candidates that advanced from the March 19 top two special primary were Republicans, so the party is guaranteed to retain the seat. This will increase the GOP partisan edge to 218-213. 

The runoff features State Assemblyman Vince Fong and Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux. Fong is McCarthy's handpicked successor, and he has subsequently been endorsed by Donald Trump and almost all GOP members of the California U.S. House delegation.

This election was conducted largely by mail. Election Day polling and drop box locations close at 11:00 PM Eastern.

Fong led the nine-candidate special primary field with 42%, Boudreaux was next with 26%. As no candidate received a majority, this general election runoff was required.

The special primary came two weeks after California's regular statewide primary for the November, 2024 general election. Fong and Boudreaux finished in the top two that day as well, so regardless of who wins the special, the two will face off again this fall.

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