The winner tonight (presumably Bilbray) fills out Cunningham's remaining term, then has to run again in the regular election this November.
Nothing wrong with that. He will have the advantage of incumbency, which is not an insubstantial advantage.
It gets much tougher for the Democrats to win in District 50 after tonight.
Wait a minute here.
Cunningham would have been up for re-election anyway. So why does Bilbray have to "fill out the term?"
This is a whole new election cycle, no?