California’s special election to fill the vacancy left by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will be held in a runoff, CBS News projects.

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Washington- CBS News projects that the U.S. House of Representatives special election in California’s 20th Congressional District will be held in a runoff election to fill the vacancy left by the former House speaker. Kevin McCarthy. Republican State Assembly member Vince Fong advanced to the runoff, which will take place in May.

Fong, who is vying to fill the vacancy left by McCarthy, has the former president’s endorsement and the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. Among those challenging him is Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux.

It was still unclear who would face him in the May special election.

The solidly conservative district will almost certainly give the House another Republican. But how quickly that will happen remains to be seen.

A candidate had to win more than 50% of the vote to avoid a second round. With no candidate expected to win a majority of votes in the district, the top two candidates, regardless of party, will now move on to an election on May 21. The winner will serve until January 3, 2025, or the remainder of the year. McCarthy House mandate.

Representative Kevin McCarthy appears outside the White House on November 29, 2022.

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The special election sparked some confusion after Golden State voters went to the polls just two weeks ago to vote in the primary. This is because California Governor Gavin Newsom place the date for a special election in the state’s 20th Congressional District for March 19, just two weeks after the primary for McCarthy’s full-term seat was held.

Fong and Boudreaux have already moved forward to be on the November ballot for a full term representing the district. The special election will determine who will serve the remainder of the former House Speaker’s term.

McCarthy announced in December that he was leaving Congress to “serve America in new ways,” two months after becoming the first speaker in US history to be removed from office.

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