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Two Central, South Coast Congressional Incumbents Re-Elected; Fate Of Third Seat Still Up In Air

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Two familiar faces on the Central and South Coasts will be returning to Washington, D.C. for new congressional terms, but a third race in the region is still up in the air.

24th District Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara easily won re-election.  Carbajal defeated Republican challenger Andy Caldwell by a 62% to 38% margin.  It will be Carbajal’s third term in office.

Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village also won re-election by an almost identical 62% to 38% margin.  The 26th District congresswoman won her fifth term in office, outdistancing Republican Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy.

But, a third race in the region is still far from settled.  It’s the 25th Congressional District, which is mostly in Los Angeles County but includes a slice of Ventura County.  Democrat Christy Smith has 50.5% of the vote, to Republican Mike Garcia’s 49.5%. 

This is the seat won by Democrat Katie Hill in 2018.  She resigned last year, following a scandal.  There was a special election in May to complete the final months of Hill’s term, which Garcia won.  This election is for a full two-year term.  We may not know the final results of this election for days, with mail-in and provisional ballots yet to be counted.