Elections

Salud Carbajal and Justin Fareed headed to a rematch in congressional race

Democratic U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal, left, and Republican challenger Justin Fareed secured the top two spots in the 24th District congressional race and will face off for the second time in the general election Nov. 6, 2018.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal, left, and Republican challenger Justin Fareed secured the top two spots in the 24th District congressional race and will face off for the second time in the general election Nov. 6, 2018.

This story was updated at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal will once again face off against Republican challenger Justin Fareed in the November General Election, after after the two defeated Morro Bay Republican Michael Erin Woody to advance to November.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Carbajal led with 52.6 percent of the vote, Fareed was second with 36.9 percent and Woody trailed in third with 10.5 percent.

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Carbajal, a Democrat and former Santa Barbara County supervisor, is seeking a second term after succeeding the retiring nine-term Democratic Rep. Lois Capps in 2016.

This is Fareed's third run for the seat, after narrowly losing to Republican Chris Mitchum in the 2014 primary election. He returned with gusto in 2016, knocking out two fellow Republicans, including longtime San Luis Obispo County Supervisor and State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian. Fareed raised more than $2 million before he lost the 2016 General Election to Carbajal by less than 7 points.

Woody, a Morro Bay civil engineer, was not endorsed by local GOP groups and couldn't match the campaign fundraising of his Republican opponent.

The district includes San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties as well as a piece of northern Ventura County.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Assembly

In the race for the 35th Assembly District, San Luis Obispo Democrat, actor and activist Bill Ostrander is challenging incumbent Republican Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, a private Templeton attorney.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Cunningham led Ostrander 56.1 percent to 43.9 percent.

Both men will automatically advance to November.

Matt Fountain: 805-781-7909, @mattfountain1


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