California's Primaries, Plus 5 Takeaways From Tuesday Night

California's Primaries, Plus 5 Takeaways From Tuesday Night

California's Primaries, Plus 5 Takeaways From Tuesday Night

A tweet from President Donald Trump in support of John Cox, however, may have been exactly what was needed to signal to rank-and-file voters which one of the candidates was viable.

Trump posted a tweet Wednesday congratulating Rancho Santa Fe's Cox on advancing to the general election in November.

For Republicans, a California shutout is most likely in the governor's race. Keep in mind, for instance, that there is now a Democratic senator from Alabama because the state's Republican Party could not figure out how to prevent its voters from backing an accused child molester, Roy Moore.

In 2014, the "Harkin seat" in the Senate (in which U.S. House Democrat Bruce Braley was the front-runner to succeed the retiring Harkin) went to Republican Joni Ernst by almost nine points.

As long as women continue to put forward ideas that resonate with voters, we will likely continue to see women enjoy victories at the primary polls. Even Fake News CNN said the Trump impact was really big, much bigger than they ever thought possible. "The political pundits just don't get what is going on out there - or they do get it but refuse to report the facts!"

He narrowly won his traditionally Republican Orange County-based seat two years ago and voted for $5 billion a year in higher fuel and transportation taxes.

In the end Feinstein survived and will be on the ballot for the midterm elections in November, results showed. Female Republican governors in Alabama and Iowa will vie for their first full terms in November after succeeding men who resigned.

Roby, whose criticism of Trump over the "Access Hollywood" tape in 2016 earned her a primary challenge, will face Bobby Bright - a former Democratic congressman who is now running as a Republican - in the head-to-head matchup on July 17.

The governor's race was one of many drawing attention to California.

In the House races, Democrats are focusing on seven districts now in Republican hands that voted for Clinton in 2016 and could flip again this year.

Democrats need to flip 24 Republican seats to reclaim the House.

With the possibility of a Democratic wave on the horizon, Tuesday's contests will test voter enthusiasm, candidate quality and Trump's influence as the 2018 political battlefield begins to settle.

Haaland has focused her campaign on progressive causes including fighting against new fossil fuel infrastructure while expanding the use of renewable energy; repealing the Republican Party's tax plan; enforcing a $15 federal minimum wage; defunding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which she calls "an out of control institution that is terrorizing American families"; and establishing Medicare for All.

Across the country Tuesday night, Democrats got good news in their effort to take back the House.

In New Mexico, Democratic Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham won her party's nomination in the race to succeed the departing Republican governor, Susana Martinez.

However, given the state's unusual election system in which the two top vote-getters move on to the general election regardless of party, Democrats feared they would give Republicans the upper hand in some districts where Democrats had a glut of candidates.

Haaland said in her primary victory statement: "Donald Trump and the billionaire class should consider this victory a warning shot: the blue wave is coming".

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey fended off three GOP challengers, while South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem became the first female nominee for governor in her state. (This was particularly astonishing because Iowa was one of the few states Trump lost in the nominating contest.) The GOP also won undivided control of Iowa's state government for the first time since 1998. If she wins in November, she would become the youngest woman to serve in Congress.

The other major candidates are state Treasurer John Chiang and former education Superintendent Delaine Eastin, both Democrats, and Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen. And he's facing a well-funded Republican this fall, former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, who coasted in the GOP primary. Thus, California Republicans will avoid the potential turnout-depressing nightmare of having neither a gubernatorial nor U.S. Senate candidate on the ballot in November.

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