Tulare Sheriff Boudreaux nears clinching November showdown with Fong for McCarthy seat

A hefty vote update points to a likely face-off between Asm. Vince Fong and Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux in November.

With nearly 44,000 votes processed Fresno, Tulare, Kings, and Kern Counties on Tuesday evening, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux (R–Springville) is holding tightly to a spot in the November election seeking to succeed former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield). 

Asm. Vince Fong (R–Bakersfield) picked up points on Tuesday to lengthen his sizable lead in first place. 


The big picture: Boudreaux added 9,934 votes to his total, cementing 24.83 percent of the vote in the March 5 primary. 

  • The results, led by a hefty 30,000-vote update from Kern County, did little to help native daughter, Democrat Marisa Wood, recapture the second spot in the November run-off. She sits at 20.97 percent of votes cast as of Tuesday night.
  • Boudreaux holds a 5,330-vote lead over Wood, which is a 1,770-vote increase from Monday’s vote update.
  • Fong maintained his position in first place with 41.24 percent of the votes, about 22,657 votes ahead of Boudreaux. 

What’s next: A smaller field of contenders are facing off in a special election next Tuesday, March 19, for the chance to fill the remainder of McCarthy’s term.

  • If no candidate can capture an outright majority of the vote, there will be a run-off on May 21.
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