Politics & Government

Lois Capps leads race for 24th congressional district seat

In the race for the 24th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Lois Capps may be in a run-off against Republican Chris Mitchum in November.

Capps led with 44.5 percent of the votes, with all 373 precincts reported. Mitchum had 15.6 percent while Justin Fareed trailed close behind, with 14.7 of the votes. Just 914 votes separated Mitchum and Fareed with provisional ballots remaining still to be counted later this week.

Tuesday’s run-off was an unprecedented challenge to Capps, 76, who is seeking her ninth full term in office. She faced eight opposing candidates — two Democrats, five Republicans and an independent — in Tuesday’s primary.

Also in the race were Paul Coyne, Sandra Marshall, Bradley Allen, Dale Francisco, Alexis Stuart and Steve Isakson.

Tuesday marked the first congressional race since the 24th Congressional District was redrawn in 2010 and California adopted the open primary system in 2012.

The 24th Congressional District covers San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, as well as a portion of Ventura County.