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Two Republican Navy Veterans Victorious in California Special Elections

After her special election State Senate race victory, Republican Melissa Melendez pointed out that two Republicans won special elections that are both Navy Veterans.

A victorious Melendez tweeted:

On the left, your new Califiornia District 28 State Senator.

On the right, your new California District 25 Congressman @MikeGarcia2020

Both Navy veterans.

Both forged by the sea. #gonavy

Dave replied “Thank you both for your early years service to our country and now thank you both for serving this state. Time for a change in CA!”

Bob replied “And hopefully a preview of positive things to continue in November.”

Senator Ted Cruz also commented on the Republicans winning the 2 races, writing:

It’s almost like shutting down the economy, closing the beaches, crushing small businesses, violating religious liberty & filling skate parks with sand isn’t terribly popular, even in California…

Houston Chronicle 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 and 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, 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.

CBS reports Republican veteran Mike Garcia held onto his lead in California’s special election for the 25th Congressional District, and will become the first Republican to flip a seat held by a Democrat in the state since 1998, winning former Representative Katie Hill’s seat. Garcia stopped short of a full-fledged victory speech on a call with supporters late Tuesday night, as results showed him ahead of Democratic State Assemblywoman Christy Smith by double-digits.

But by Wednesday morning, Garcia was declaring victory.

“After seeing more results last night, it is clear that our message of lower taxes and ensuring we don’t take liberal Sacramento dysfunction to Washington prevailed,” he said in a statement. “For too long, the people of our district have not had representation, and it’s time their voice is heard in Washington.”