U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Emken won the backing of the California Republican Party over the weekend.
Emken, an advocate for autism research from Danville, is one of at least five Republicans seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Under the state's new primary system, the two candidates who receive the most votes, regardless of their political party affiliation, will advance to the November election.
The state party's board of directors met over the weekend to consider endorsement recommendations submitted by local GOP committees and make a final decision on which candidates the party will support on the June ballot. Friday was the filing deadline for districts where an incumbent is running. The deadline is extended until Wednesday for seats with no incumbent (click here to see the list).
The board also voted to back Republican Peter Tateishi, a chief of staff to GOP Rep. Dan Lungren, in the vacant 8th Assembly District. At least one other Republican is running for the competitive East Sacramento County seat.
Incumbents in Sacramento region seats, including Lungren, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin, and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Rocklin, secured endorsements in their re-election bids. The party did not make an endorsement in the 1st Congressional District race between Sen. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, and former Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Penn Valley.
The full list of endorsements is posted below/
Editor's note: This post was updated at 11:10 a.m. to include a revised list of endorsements from the CRP. The original list was missing the endorsement made in the 5th Congressional District.