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ELECTION 2020: Newcomer Mangone challenges McCarthy in 23rd District primary

A political newcomer is squaring off against one of Kern County's most seasoned politicians in a congressional primary seen as little more than a warmup for November's general election.

In California's "jungle primary" system, the two top vote-getters will proceed to the general election. This means that unless a write-in candidate steps up, Democratic contender Kim Mangone will face incumbent Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, on March 3 and again Nov. 3.

John Cox can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter: @TheThirdGraf.

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