Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal defeated Republican opponent Justin Fareed by about 7 percentage points in the contentious and expensive race for the 24th Congressional District seat long-held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Lois Capps.
With all 448 precincts reporting, Carbajal defeated Fareed with a strong 53.8 percent 46.2 percent in the traditionally Democratic-leaning district.
Fareed, 28, is vice president of his family’s Santa Barbara-based athletics company ProBand Sports Industries and a self-described “third-generation rancher” who came within less than one percentage point of challenging long-time U.S. Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, in 2014.
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Both men are running for the seat being vacated by the retiring Capps, who has represented the district — which encompasses San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, as well as a sliver of northern Ventura County — since 1998.
Capps came within 3 percentage points of losing to Republican challenger Chris Mitchum two years ago.
The Congressional race had become one of the most expensive in the country, with Carbajal receiving nearly $3 million in campaign donations, Fareed rasing more than $2 million, and millions more funneled in by the congressional committees of the Democratic and Republican parties.