Challenger Christina Hernandez appears to have captured the Guadalupe City Council seat of incumbent Eugene Costa Jr., according to unofficial results released Wednesday by the Santa Barbara County Elections Division.

Unofficial results, with all six precincts partially reporting, show Hernandez pulled in 470 votes for 57.6% of the ballots counted, while Costa garnered 315 votes for 38.6%.

Hernandez held the lead from the time the first preliminary results were released about 20 minutes after the polls closed at 8 p.m.

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County Reporter/Associate Editor

Lee Central Coast Newspapers associate editor Mike Hodgson covers Santa Barbara County government and events and issues in Santa Ynez Valley. Follow him on Twitter @MHodgsonSYVNews.

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