Santa Barbara businessman Justin Fareed (R), who played on the UCLA football team, announced that he will seek a re-match with freshman Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara). Last November, Mr. Carbajal won a 53-47% victory in a California coastal district that voted 57-36% for Hillary Clinton. Combined spending for the 2016 congressional race exceeded $5 million, and with Carbajal already having more than $1.1 million in his campaign account and Fareed demonstrating he can attract more than $2 million to a political effort, this will again be a costly campaign. Rep. Carbajal begins the race as a solid favorite for re-election, however.
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