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Two Central, South Coast Congressional Incumbents Have Big Leads; Third Race A Question Mark

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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.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.