McCarthy’s Seat Up For Grabs

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( – California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has announced a special election on May 21 for the seat previously held by former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) who left Congress at the end of the year.

McCarthy announced his resignation from Congress following his ouster from the Speaker’s office. In December he wrote an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal where he claimed that he would be leaving his seat representing California’s 20th Congressional District, in order to serve the country in other ways. He added that he would continue his work in recruiting the “best and brightest to run for elected office.”

The district, which includes parts of Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Tulare counties is going to be crowded with several people having already announced their intention to run. Assemblymember Vince Fong (R), whom McCarthy had previously mentored and endorsed in this race, has already announced his participation in the race.

California Secretary of State Shirley Weber (D) had initially blocked Fong from joining the race, as the Assemblymember had already filed to run for his seat in the Assembly again. However, a California judge later determined that he was allowed to be included on both ballots. Weber has stated that she would be appealing the decision.

California has an open primary system, which allows all candidates from all parties to be listed on one ballot. The two top vote-getters then advance to the general election. This makes it possible for the two top candidates to belong to the same party.

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