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Thu Dec 7, 2023, 02:28 PM Dec 2023

With McCarthy's exit, Bakersfield residents reflect on the end of an era

Across Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s central California district, voters reacted with disappointment and uncertainty Wednesday about the future of an increasingly fractured Republican party after McCarthy revealed he will step down from Congress.

McCarthy is stepping down as an embattled politician whose winding career led him from a Bakersfield deli to second-in-line to the presidency as Speaker of the House. Then, earlier this year, a small contingent of fellow Republicans worked together to oust him from the top leadership position – a first in American politics.

McCarthy’s departure from Congress is seen as a dramatic end of a political era in the San Joaquin Valley.

“I hated to see him go,” Len Reinhart, 83, said from Old Town Clovis in the northern edge of McCarthy's sprawling district. “I just don't like their (the GOP’s) future. They're bickering too much. They’re not as strong as they used to be. I don’t know where they’re heading.”

A political feeding frenzy will almost certainly ensue once McCarthy’s seat is officially vacant. If that happens before Dec. 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom must call a special election.


Watch him wait until after Dec. 8. Just saying.

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With McCarthy's exit, Bakersfield residents reflect on the end of an era (Original Post) Jilly_in_VA Dec 2023 OP
Oh, he'll wait. AllyCat Dec 2023 #1
The same folks that said "He's a Fighter?" Bristlecone Dec 2023 #2
If he leaves after 12/8, will newsom call a special? getagrip_already Dec 2023 #3
That area of California is so red they will elect someone even more awful! kimbutgar Dec 2023 #4
It's somewhat gerrymandered too Auggie Dec 2023 #5


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3. If he leaves after 12/8, will newsom call a special?
Thu Dec 7, 2023, 03:58 PM
Dec 2023

Is it sure to go to R?

With kev gone, it's 219 R, 213 D, and 3 Vacancies.

One of those vacancies won't be voted on until November since it's in FL and in a D district.

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