Democrats Breathe Sigh Of Relief After Tuesday's Primaries

Arturo Kim
June 8, 2018

Democrats hope to flip several of the House seats held by California Republicans so that their party can take control of Congress.

GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox came in second in the primary election, securing a spot to face off against the Democratic frontrunner, current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. And he's facing a well-funded Republican this fall, former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, who coasted in the GOP primary.

Republicans did notch up one clear win on Tuesday night.

But looming over the campaign as the November general election got underway Wednesday is, of course, President Trump.

With polls closed in eight states across the country, the biggest primary of the 2018 election ended with a surprise in Alabama and fresh signs of a banner year for female candidates.

Trump weighed in on the results Wednesday, tweeting "many more Republican voters showed up yesterday than the fake news thought possible", adding that the "Dems are easy to beat". "So much for the big Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave".

In addition, Trump threatened to shut down the federal government rather than support Frelinghuysen's allocation for the Gateway Tunnel project, GOP leaders allowed a vote to kill the funding altogether, and Republicans refused to provide Sandy victims with the same tax breaks as residents of other states hit by hurricanes.

Cox blames state Democrats and his opponent Newsom for causing the high cost of living in California.

Tuesday proved to be a big night for women, as female candidates for governor advanced, including Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico and Republican Kristi Noem in South Dakota.

The party had a good showing overall in the district after concerns that California's open "jungle primary", where the top-two vote-getters advance regardless of party, could have let two Republicans sneak into the general. Democrats safely on the ballots in these races, it's looking like.

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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.

However, Republicans did avoid a potential lockout in the governor's race after President Donald Trump weighed in.

California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein also fared well, fending off challenges from the left.

The governor's race was one of many drawing attention to California. Democrats are contesting 113 state legislature races while Republicans are competing in 114.

In New Jersey, four Democratic candidates backed by national party leadership won their Congressional primaries, boosting the party's hopes of winning what are expected to be competitive races against Republican incumbents. Mr. Trump said on Twitter. And I think that we're - you know, all of these races have become sort of flashpoints in this entire tussle over control of Congress. The race is considered a toss-up. The exception: Republican Rep. David Valadao's Fresno-area district.

In the attorney general's race, where Republicans also managed to avoid a shutout, incumbent Xavier Becerra leads retired judge Steven Bailey, who placed second, by 20 percentage points. "Republicans ended up winning in all of the seven seats they were trying to numbers are well above we thought they would be and the Republican nearly made it in the general election in my race as well, so I'd say Republicans that were very motivated given tax cuts and the economy. that's something that's playing well in my community".

Ms. Porter's projected win was celebrated by both the left and the right.

Each step of that - deciding, transmitting, influencing - presented real problems in the context of the top-two primary. Porter was the sole candidate whom Sen.

Mrs. Pelosi is appearing in lots of ads run by House Republicans. It happened in the San Clemente-based 49th district, where Republicans gobbled up 48 percent of the ballots cast. Darrell Issa is retiring; so is Ed Royce.

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