Poll: Fong leads special election against Boudreaux

New poll results found 20th District voters support Asm. Vince Fong over Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux in the special election runoff.

A new poll has Asm. Vince Fong (R–Fresno) leading the special election to serve out the remainder of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s term in the 20th Congressional District. 

The poll came out just days after Fong won a victory in court as the Third District Court of Appeal ruled that he can stay on the ballot despite a protest from California Secretary of State Shirley Weber.


The backstory: Fong came in first place in both the March primary and the special election, getting 41.9 percent and 42.3 percent, respectively. 

  • He and Boudreaux have advanced to both the special election runoff on May 21 and the general election in November. 

The big picture: According to the poll, which was conducted by WPA Intelligence, Fong leads at 46 percent, with Boudreaux trailing behind at 30 percent. 

  • The poll found Fong to have a name ID of 84 percent, compared to 71 percent for Boudreaux. 
  • Voters found Fong to be favorable at a 49 percent clip, while 14 percent said he was unfavorable, giving him a 35 percent net favorability compared to 25 percent for Boudreaux. 

Go deeper: The poll also states that Fong is consolidating voters who supported other candidates in the primary, with 67 percent of such voters supporting him in the special election. 

  • Fong also leads the special election in three of the four counties represented in District 22: 41 percent in Fresno County, 51 percent in Kern County and 50 percent in Kings County. Boudreaux leads in Tulare County 46 percent to 38 percent. 
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