Two Central, South Coast Congressional Incumbents Have Big Leads; Third Race A Question Mark
Two Congressional incumbents on the Central and South Coast have commanding leads in the November, 2020 election, and appear to be headed back to Washington D.C. But, a third race is still a question mark.
Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara had a 63% to 37% lead over Republican challenger Andy Caldwell, with 63% of precincts partially reporting. Carbajal is seeking a third term.
Meanwhile, Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley appears to be on the path for a fifth term in office. She had a 63% to 37% percent lead over Republican challenger Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy, with 85% of the precincts partially reporting.
A third congressional race in the region remains close. The 25th District race has Democratic challenger Christy Smith with 52% of the vote to Republican incumbent Mike Garcia's 48%. 99% of the precincets have partially reported.
The 25th District is the one where Democratic Katie Hill won in an upset in 2018. But then, she resigned after being caught up in a scandal. There was a special election to complete the rest of her term in May, which Garcia won by about a ten percent margin. Now, Smith is poised to potentially unseat Garcia.
The district is mostly in Los Angeles County, but includes a slice of eastern Ventura County.