California, long a blue state, could get bluer in primary
Jun 09 2018
In New Mexico, both parties are picking would-be successors to outgoing Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation's first Latina governor.
The governor's race was one of many drawing attention to California, a state not accustomed to being a national political battleground.
The crucial House races in California yielded more mixed results. That is a clear advantage for the Democrats who sport four registered voters to every one registered Republican.
State Controller Betty Yee, a Democrat, will take her reelection bid to November, when she will face Republican Konstantinos Roditis.
"A little story that no one's talking about right now is a state senator, a Democrat just got recalled". He's a former Democratic member, who voted for Nancy Pelosi for speaker.
On the other hand, "the Republicans are really kind of in a desperate strait in California", said Spivak, a senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College in NY.
Fauquier voters Tuesday will help select nominees for a U.S. Senate seat and for Virginia's 1st Congressional District seat in the November election.
Hill said Wednesday she can be the face of the increased influence of women and young people, and added: "We represented something that's a groundswell of energy that's occurring across the country".
As FoxNews claimed the California's primary was a victory for the Republicans and MSNBC said the same about the Democrats, the truth is the results of California's primary were rather mixed.
Yet the state's unusual election laws complicate things for both sides.
Dozens of women on Tuesday won congressional and gubernatorial nominations as voters in eight US states chose candidates ahead of November's elections, including several who notched firsts in a year boasting a historic number of female contenders. That is, regardless of the party, the two top candidates move on.
"The California suburbs are the center of gravity for voters rejecting Republicans in the era of Trump", said Democratic strategist Jesse Ferguson. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are considered the top Democratic hopefuls. For the GOP, the Trump-backed Cox, a business executive, has the best chance at earning a spot. Dianne Feinstein, who is expected to easily win first place in her primary.
Voters are very happy about the state of the economy and that will accrue to the party's benefit at the ballot box in November.
National Democrats have spent more than $7 million trying to curb and fix the damage inflicted by Democrats attacking each other in districts opened by retiring Republican Reps. Ed Royce and Darrell Issa. That's money that Democrats would have preferred to save for this fall.
In the fight for November slots, Republican Diane Harkey was ahead in early returns, chased by a trio of Democrats, Mike Levin, Sara Jacobs and Doug Applegate.
In New Jersey, Democratic Sen. Its unique demographics make it a real target for Democrats. Those districts, which are held by Republicans but were won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, are key to Democratic hopes of notching the 23 seats that they need to win back the House.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey fended off three Republican challengers, while Representative Kristi Noem became the first female nominee for governor of South Dakota. And, most strikingly, the GOP has a tough time fielding top-tier candidates to run for the plum governor's spot.
Democrats have aimed their most aggressive attacks at Rosendale, seizing on his background in Maryland and questions about his experience as a rancher. In the attorney general's race, Democrat Xavier Becerra will face Republican Steven Bailey.
After distancing himself from Trump early on, he has welcomed the president's recent endorsement and in many ways is running a campaign similar to Trump's by pitching himself as a businessman - not a politician - and taking a hard line on immigration, including supporting construction of a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. And because California accepts mail-in ballots through the end of this week, as long as they were postmarked by Tuesday, it could take days or even weeks to identify the candidates who advance.
Democratic strategists hope to see new evidence of an anti-Trump backlash, particularly in suburban districts across New Jersey and California, where many voters have soured on the Republican president.