Fong leads, Boudreaux propels into second in 20th District race

Boudreaux expanded his lead over Democrat Marisa Wood, signaling that he will join Fong on the November ballot.

Asm. Vince Fong (R–Bakersfield) and Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux will head to the general election barring a major influx of ballots over the next month. 

The two Republicans secured their leads overnight as the latest results came in early Wednesday morning. 


The big picture: Fong is at 38.7 percent in the latest results, firmly cementing himself in first place in the primary. 

  • Boudreaux took steps to join Fong in the November election with 24.9 percent of the vote. 
  • That gives him a wider margin than he had late Tuesday night over Democrat Marisa Wood. Boudreaux only had a 1,500 vote lead over Wood, but now has over a 2,300 vote lead as Wood is at 21.7 percent. 
  • Similar to late Tuesday night, no other candidate grabbed five percent of the vote, with Kyle Kirkland coming closest at 4.4 percent. 

What they’re saying: Fong released a statement on Wednesday saying he is humbled to have a commanding lead in the race. 

  • “While there are still many ballots to count, voters have sent a clear message tonight that they are ready for experienced, trusted leadership in Washington D.C. Throughout my years in public service, I have delivered results for the Central Valley,” Fong said. “In Congress, I will continue to fight to secure the border, to fund water infrastructure, and to protect local energy producers. That message is clearly resonating as Central Valley voters demand meaningful solutions.” 
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