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U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal has won a fourth term in the race for the 24th Congressional District.
As of an update Thursday, Carbajal, D-Goleta, had 61% of the vote to 39% for Dr. Brad Allen, a Republican physician who owns a home in Summerland. Carbajal had 87,035 votes to 56,072 for the challenger.
The Associated Press called the race for Carbajal who declared victory Tuesday night.
"I am humbled to have again earned the confidence and support of Central Coast voters in today's election, and I look forward to serving our communities in the next Congress," he said in a statement.
Allen conceded Wednesday morning.
"I am, of course, saddened by last night's results," he said in a written statement. "Being a pediatric heart surgeon, I still feel we need to start sending people with real life experience to Washington, instead of continuing to send career politicians who seem only to follow their party's ideology."
Carbajal, 57, prides himself on his advocacy for the environment and his efforts to work with Democrats and Republicans alike. He graduated from Oxnard High School and served on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors before running for Congress.
I am humbled to have again earned the confidence and support of Central Coast voters in today’s election, and I look forward to serving our communities in the next Congress! #CA24 https://t.co/uahCRy8RWq pic.twitter.com/u1lOQBcHRB
— Salud Carbajal (@carbajalsalud) November 9, 2022
Allen, 67, campaigned that voters need to embrace candidates who have experience outside of politics in solving problems. He is married to actress Jaclyn Smith, who starred in the "Charlie's Angels" television series.
The district includes part of San Luis Obispo County, all of Santa Barbara County and the cities of Ventura and Ojai in Ventura County.
Tom Kisken covers health care and other news for the Ventura County Star. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-437-0255.
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This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Election 2022: Carbajal proclaims victory in 24th Congressional District