Carbajal lost Lompoc following armpit remark
November 27, 2016
By John Lindt, Sierra 2 the Sea
Election results are still rolling in but it looks like Santa Barbara Supervisor Salud Carbajal will be our next congressman replacing the retiring Lois Capps. The latest vote count in the district that includes Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties and a small portion of Ventura County shows Carbajal with a commanding lead – 155,657 to 136,616.
Democrat Carbajal lost San Luis Obispo County but made it up in his native Santa Barbara County, which typically votes Democratic, where he is ahead by more than 22,000 votes.
Lompoc, however, did not support Carbajal for Congress while supporting a Democrat for president.
In the latest count, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in Lompoc 6050 to 4788, about 56 percent to 44 percent. In the congressional race however, Republican Justin Fareed beat Carbajal soundly in Lompoc. Fareed received 6720 votes to Carbajal’s 4840 votes, or a 58 percent to 42 percent.
The vote count in Lompoc would a head scratcher if Carbajal had not referred to Lompoc as the “the armpit” of Santa Barbara County during the campaign.
“The bottom line is this is completely a private joke to someone who lives in Lompoc who is a friend of his,” said Tess Whittlesey, a Carbajal campaign spokeswoman, told the press.”The remark made the news big time and forced Carbajal to apologize. The news brought out protestors who stood in front of Carbajal’s campaign headquarters in Santa Barbara in mid-September. The story was then reinforced by Justin Fareed’s ad campaign calling Salud an “elitist.”