For Fareed, the newly counted votes were especially significant, as he continued to put some distance between himself and state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian. At one point, only 162 votes separated the two. But a late surge Tuesday put Fareed 2,357 ballots ahead of Achadjian by the end of the night.  Currently, Fareed is 3,020 votes ahead of Achadjian.

Front-runners pad leads after new votes recorded

By Kenny Lindberg / Posted on June 10 / Santa Maria Times

A significant number of remaining votes were counted Friday, producing only minor statistical variations from Tuesday’s election night results.

Overall, at least 35,228 ballots were added to the totals, most of which were mail-ins submitted Tuesday, while the rest are believed to have trickled in within the new three-day grace period for received votes.

While at least 27,432 ballots remain outstanding, no large statistical variances are expected in the poll numbers, because the votes are scattered proportionately throughout the Central Coast, as opposed to clusters in specific geographical regions.

Of the ballots remaining, an estimated 17,972 remain outstanding in Santa Barbara County, while San Luis Obispo has roughly 9,460 votes yet to be counted.

Overall, it appears that turnout was good for the primary election, with Santa Barbara County at around 57.3 percent, while San Luis Obispo is estimated to have gotten about 61.7 percent.

Of the remaining ballots, about 11,600 are provisional and are expected to be counted by the end of next week, according to representatives from both counties.

24th Congressional District

In the race to replace Congresswoman Lois Capps, it appears more likely that Democrat Salud Carbajal will square off against Republican Justin Fareed, as both candidates continued to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the seven contenders.

Carbajal, who dominated the election, now has 57,443 ballots in his favor, or 31.9 percent, while Fareed has 37,191 votes, or 20.6 percent.

For Fareed, the newly counted votes were especially significant, as he continued to put some distance between himself and state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian.

At one point, only 162 votes separated the two. But a late surge Tuesday put Fareed 2,357 ballots ahead of Achadjian by the end of the night.

Currently, Fareed is 3,020 votes ahead of Achadjian.

It appears that Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider will finish fourth, with 25,863 votes, or 14.4 percent. William Ostrander currently sits at fifth with 10,377 votes, or 5.8 percent, followed by Matt Kokkonen at 10,238 votes, or 5.7 percent.

Steve Isakson is in seventh with 1,799 votes, or 1 percent, followed by John Uebersax at 1,671 votes, or 0.9 percent. Benjamin Lucas is in last place with 1,229 votes, or 0.7 percent.

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors

In the 3rd District, widely regarded as the swing seat, it appears that Joan Hartmann will square off against Bruce Porter in a November vote that could shape the county’s direction over the next four years.

Both candidates padded their leads with Hartmann leading the charge with 7,500 votes, or 42.4 percent. Porter, meanwhile, has 6,413 votes, or 36.2 percent.

While Porter had almost 500 more mail-in votes than Hartmann, he trailed her by almost 1,600 when it came to polling results.

Jay Freeman is in third place, registering 1,948 votes, or 11 percent, followed by Karen Jones with 962 votes, or 5.4 percent. Bob Field is last with 815 votes, or 4.6 percent.

In the 4th District, incumbent Peter Adam continued to show his dominance, capturing 11,489 votes, or 69.2 percent. The totals were well ahead of his lone opponent, Eduardo Ozeta, who claimed 5,024 votes, good for 30.2 percent.

In the 1st District, it appears that Das Williams will preside, after taking 12,949 votes, or 58.6 percent. His opponent, Jennifer Christensen, took only 9,087 votes, or 41.1 percent.

The final election results are expected to be certified by July 7.

The general election is scheduled for Nov. 8.