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April election set to replace Cunningham

first_imgSAN DIEGO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday set an April 11 special election to replace former San Diego-area Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham. Cunningham, a 64-year-old Republican, officially resigned his 50th Congressional District seat Dec. 1 after pleading guilty to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and others in exchange for government business and other favors. If no candidate wins a majority in the primary, the top vote-getters in each party will face off June 6, the date of a statewide primary. County officials had asked Schwarzenegger set the April 11 special election to consolidate the possible run-off election and save the county $1.3 million. Several candidates have announced their candidacy for the seat in the heavily Republican district, including former San Diego-area Rep. Brian Bilbray, former state Sen. Bill Morrow and former California Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian. Democrat Francine Busby, who lost to Cunningham in 2004 by 22 percentage points, is also running again. Schwarzenegger also set a special election on June 6 to replace California Sen. John Campbell, R-Costa Mesa. Campbell was elected to Congress earlier this month to fill the seat left vacant by former Rep. Christopher Cox, who resigned to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more