LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — The contest to replace former Republican Representative Devin Nunes in central California will present voters with a clearly defined choice: The candidate is a progressive Democrat who supports universal health care and one appointed by the Trump administration. former person.
Preliminary returns released Friday from Tuesday’s special election show Democrat Lauryn Hubbard taking second place in the June runoff for a vacant seat in the state’s agriculture sector. He will face Connie Conway, a former Republican leader in the state legislature during the Trump administration and California executive director of the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Services Agency. She was the top vote-getter, advancing to the first June matchup.
With the majority of the vote, Hubbard had less than 20%, several percentage points behind, with his nearest rival, Republican Matt Stoll, for the second runaway spot.
Nunes, one of former President Donald Trump’s most ardent loyalists in Congress, resigned from the 22nd District seat earlier this year to head Trump’s social media company.
The seat in the GOP-leaning district is expected to remain in Republican hands.
Because no candidate was able to claim a majority and win an outright victory on Tuesday, only the top two finishers advance to the runoff. The runoff will coincide with the June 7 primary election statewide.
The vacant seat election has been largely ignored nationally as Democrats and Republicans focus on midterm elections that will determine Congress’s control in 2023.