Fareed managed to surpass $1 million in campaign contributions. As of May 18, Fareed raised $1,128,136… Fareed garnered 22.3 percent of the vote in his home county and 18.5 percent in SLO County.

Carbajal moves on as Fareed maintains narrow

Posted on June 8 / Cal Coast News

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal emerged from a crowded field of candidates as the leading vote-getter in the 24th Congressional District primary election. It appears Carbajal, a Democrat, will face Republican Santa Barbara businessman Justin Fareed in the general election.

Carbajal received 32.7 percent of the vote, placing him more than 12 percent ahead of Fareed, who garnered 20.5 percent of the vote. Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, who led all candidates in polls conducted ahead of the election by several of the candidates, finished in third place with 18.9 percent. Achadjian, a San Luis Obispo County Republican, is currently trailing Fareed by 2,357 votes.

Ballots have been counted in all 369 precincts in the congressional district, but the election results are not yet final. Achadjian has not conceded. His campaign did not release any statements following the vote count Tuesday night.

On the Republican side, the party did not throw its weight behind either Fareed or Achadjian. Still, Fareed managed to surpass $1 million in campaign contributions. As of May 18, Fareed raised $1,128,136. Achadjian received $751,965 in contributions.

While Achadjian performed much better in San Luis Obispo County than he did in Santa Barbara County, his popularity appears to have dropped as the result of sponsoring legislation for a failed Paso Robles basin water district 77 percent of the voters rejected.  Achadjian received 26.6 percent of the vote in SLO County and 12.9 percent in Santa Barbara County.

Fareed garnered 22.3 percent of the vote in his home county and 18.5 percent in SLO County.

The 24th Congressional District consists of all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and part of Ventura County. Voter registration in the district is 37 percent Democrat, 33 percent Republican and 23 percent decline to state.