Republican Melissa Melendez wins California Senate seat in special election

Republican Melissa Melendez has won the SD-28 special election in California defeating Democrat Elizabeth Romero. 

Melendez tweeted:

Initial results are in for SD28. Thank you everyone for your support and BIG thanks to my husband for all his help and support throughout this campaign!

Mercury News reports Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez won a special election Tuesday to fill a Southern California state Senate seat.

Melendez got about 56% of 170,000 votes counted. She defeated Democrat Elizabeth Romero, a member of the Riverside County Board of Education and administrator at the University of California, Riverside.

Melendez replaces fellow Republican Jeff Stone, who resigned his 28th Senate District seat last year to take a Trump administration post in the Labor Department. The district covers a wide swath of Riverside County, including the Coachella Valley.

Melendez, 51, a Navy veteran and former mayor of Lake Elsinore, has served in the Assembly since 2012. She has been a strong supporters of President Donald Trump and sat next to him at a 2018 White House meeting about California’s “sanctuary state” law for immigrants in the country illegally.

The party breakdown of the state Senate is 29 Democrats, 11 Republicans.

The contest for Melendez’s former Assembly seat will be decided in the November general election, with Democrat Jerry Carlos facing Republican Kelly Seyarto. They advanced from a field of four Republicans and one Democrat in March’s primary.