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Voters to choose who will fill 22nd Congressional district seat once held by Devin Nunes

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Voters in Fresno and Tulare counties will go to the polls Tuesday for a special election to fill the 22nd District of California, formerly held by Devin Nunes.

Nounes left the House of Representatives in January so he could lead former president Donald Trump’s new social media company.

Voters will now choose between six candidates who will complete the rest of his term.

The four Republicans in the race include Connie Conway, Elizabeth Heng, Michael Macher and Matt Stoll.

The Democratic candidates are Eric Garcia and Lurin Hubbard.

A candidate needs more than 50% of the vote to win. If neither of them wins a majority, then the first two will go to the polls again to coincide with the state by-elections on June 7.

All voters received the ballot by mail.

If you want to vote in person, the polls open at 7 in the morning and close at 8 in the evening.

Some politicians call these special elections strange, because whoever wins the seat will only serve for a few months.

The result will also not shift the balance of power in the Capitol, where Democrats hold a slim majority.

The short-lived contest takes place in a provocative political environment for Congressional Democrats. Polls show that many Americans are unhappy with the direction of the country and President Joe Biden’s approval ratings have fallen.

While the competition for the Nunes vacancy was a later national thought, California is at the heart of the House race. There are about half a dozen highly competitive regions on the June ballot. Such contests are rare in the liberal state, where Democrats hold every position across the state, dominate the legislature and have a 42-10 advantage in the congressional delegation.

Nationwide, 30 Democrats and 15 Republicans are not seeking re-election this year. In addition, there are 5 vacancies in the House due to resignations or deaths.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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