In the race for state Senate Legislative District 31, incumbent Phil Fortunato, a Republican, led challenger Michelle Rylands, a Democrat, after a second round of election returns were released Wednesday.

Fortunato had 57 percent of the vote (12,144 votes), and Rylands held 43 percent (9,003).

Rylands is running her first race in the Legislature.

While technically the incumbent, Fortunato was elected in January to replace Republican Senator Pam Roach, who left the state Senate after she was elected to Pierce County Council last year.

Fortunato was originally elected to serve the 31st legislative district as a state representative and was appointed as Roach's replacement after she left.

The district includes southeastern King County and northeast Pierce County and includes Auburn, Enumclaw, Sumner and Bonney Lake.