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Melissa Melendez Claims Win In 67th State Assembly Race

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support and look forward to representing with dignity and class in Sacramento,” she said.

NOTE FROM REGISTRAR'S OFFICE AS OF 8 a.m. Wednesday: Election Night vote counting is complete, but results are not final. Information regarding provisional, vote-by-mail, and damaged ballots that require duplication and remain to be counted will be posted shortly.

UPDATE at 8:12 a.m.: Tuesday night at her campaign headquarters at the Lake Elsinore Outlets, 67th State Assembly District candidate Melissa Melendez watched election results slowly trickle in – she was slightly behind.

“We expected to be down a little in the beginning,” the Republican candidate said as she was surrounded by her husband and children

But as daylight breaks in her city, the Lake Elsinore City Councilwoman has pulled ahead of her GOP opponent, French Valley resident Phil Paule.

“It’s been a lot of ups and downs,” Melendez said Tuesday night. “Sometimes you feel solid and sometimes not so.”

[CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED RESULTS.]

The contest has been a horse race from the start, but Melendez has fought hard against the aide to Rep. Darrell Issa.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of support and look forward to representing with dignity and class in Sacramento,” she said.

Click here for election results.

WHAT?? November 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM
You're the only bright star on the horizon of yesterday's vote results. Sheryl Ade
David Pereira November 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I'm so proud of Melissa. Semper Fi.
lovemycountry November 07, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Go Melissa <3
lovemycountry November 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
I'm proud of Melissa too, I love that she will be representing us!
Morior Invictus November 07, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Good luck in Sacramento. Don't be afraid to remind the democrats of the idoicy in which the dwell.
Dan Baldwin November 07, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Congrats Melissa. It feels good knowing that Lake Elsinore will enjoy proper representation in Sacramento!
Roberto November 08, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Paule conceded defeat about an hour ago. To bad were stuck with a pig in a poke. How much did Granite Construction contribute? Castle & Crook? I guess we will here who contributed and why soon...
Dan Baldwin November 08, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Hey Morior Invictus, My wife and I are both Democrats that voted for Melissa because we think she can think and vote for what's right for Lake Elsinore and California, not just what's right for the Republican ticket. Where's your bi-partisanship?
lovemycountry November 08, 2012 at 05:18 PM
These type of comments are destructive and not just towards Melissa and those who support her, but also work against those you support :'(
Diana November 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Melissa, Congratulations on your win and good luck to you as your move forward with your political career. I personally hate to see you go because I think you could of made a difference in Lake Elsinore, but I voted for you so that you have the opportunity to make much needed changes in our State. Best Wishes to you and your family.
The Teller of Truth November 09, 2012 at 06:55 PM
ROTFLMAO........she won!
The Teller of Truth November 09, 2012 at 06:55 PM
ROTFLMAO....she won!
sylvia monaco November 11, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Melissa, I feel the same as Diana in that I was happy to see you on the city council. Good luck in your new venture. I read your bio. You deserve a bright future as you have put a lot into the person you are.
sylvia monaco November 11, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Melissa, you have coffee with Melissa next on Dec 12th. I have to prepare a proposal to go before the city council on Dec 11th. Any way that you are having coffee before that date so that I could ask a few questions about proper preparation?
Kathy Lowry November 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Its very hopeful to know that someone with integrity and love of country and state will be representing us . Best wishes and many congratulations on your victory. I have to confess , that before the election someone had called and asked if they could leave a sign for us to place in our front yard for Phil Pauley who was endorsed by Darrell Issa, which we appreciate his work in Congress, but we DID NOT realize that you were also running for the same seat in the Assembly, I immediately went to the Rupublican Headquaters in Temecula and bought your sign and a Romney/Ryan sign and the Pauley one was in the trash. Kathy and Rod Lowry

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