Boudreaux suspends campaign for Congress

After winning the special election in May, Vince Fong will secure a full term in office come November.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux suspended his campaign for Congress on Monday. 

After losing the special election to succeed former Speaker Kevin McCarthy in May, Boudreaux opted against continuing his campaign through the general election against Rep. Vince Fong (R–Bakersfield). 


The big picture: Boudreaux placed second in both the March 5 primary and the March 19 special primary for Congressional District 20, placing him on the ballot for the special election in May and the general election in November. 

  • But Fong won the special election by over 20 points and has since been sworn into Congress. 
  • Boudreaux said in the announcement that he will be committing the remainder of 2024 to supporting common sense, public safety-focused candidates across the Central Valley and California through a new grassroots organization, Golden State Justice. 

What they’re saying: “I’ve known Congressman Fong and worked closely with him and his team for more than a decade,” Boudreaux said. “While we were on opposite sides of this campaign, at the end of the day, we’re Republicans, we’re family men, and fighters who are committed to protecting individual liberty, reducing the cost of living, and maintaining safe communities for our neighbors.” 

  • Fong thanked Boudreaux for his leadership in Tulare County and for the hard-fought campaign. 
  • “I am honored to represent our community in Congress,” Fong said. “We are working hard every day to deliver results for the residents of the 20th Congressional District. I intend to continue reaching out to voters and will embrace the opportunity the November election provides to discuss the key issues facing our district and present real solutions to improve our safety, economy, and quality of life.” 
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