California's Primaries, Plus 5 Takeaways From Tuesday Night

Tuesday night's results by no means mean taking back the House is assured for Democrats. And in the 39th district, CDP chairman Eric Bauman had to broker a truce last month between two candidates, Gil Cisneros and Andy Thorburn, to stop them from campaigning against each other after the attacks became increasingly negative.

Republicans anxious that California's primary system - in which the top-two finishers advance to the general election, regardless of party - would result in Republicans candidates getting shut out of the governor's race, depleting Republican voter turnout throughout the state in the general election.

Political observers are closely watching races in California Tuesday night, where Democrats hope several key races could later play a role in switching the balance of power in the House.

Voters were favoring Democrat Luz Rivas over Republican Ricardo Benitez to replace Bocanegra, and Democrat Jesse Gabriel over Republican Justin Clark to replace Dababneh.

But it also sets up the larger narrative as out-numbered Republicans try to further eat into Democrats' dominance going into the fall campaign.

Democrats narrowly avoided being shut out of the race in this district of almond groves and dairy farms.

This is the second election voters have had even more time to get their ballots in because of a new law passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov.

Numerous women who won nomination Tuesday are in races that Democrats are expected to win, but they have the potential to bring ideas to the table that previous liberal candidates have not prioritized because of gender, race or other reasons. In the U.S. House primary in California's 50th Congressional District, for example, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's preferred candidate, Josh Butner, projects to finish only in third or fourth place, behind Republican incumbent Duncan Hunter and another Democrat, Ammar Campa-Najjar. It didn't happen in the governor's race, which will likely help turnout for the GOP in the fall. Rohrabacher will face a to-be-determined Democrat in the November general election.

In his 2004 Senate run, he shared a crowded debate stage with then-state Sen. Kevin de León, although it looks as though de León will hold on for second place.

California voters unseated a sitting state senator in midterm on Tuesday, denying Senate Democrats a supermajority and setting up a statewide battle this fall over a gas tax increase.

Meanwhile, the Democratic candidates who had the lion's share of endorsements from party officials finished first in the primaries for US senator and governor in California.

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California Democrats overcame quirks in the state's electoral system and managed to mount challenges to Republicans in most key Congressional races, as voters in eight US states chose candidates for November's midterm elections.

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". Although Republican Diane Harkey led the pack with 32 percent of the vote, she was followed by three Democrats: Mike Levin, Sara Jacobs, and Doug Applegate.

Republican businessman Bob Hugin claimed the Republican nomination to face Menendez this fall.

It was a different story in MS, where 66-year-old Gladys Cruz wasn't sure which Republican she would support in the state's Senate primary, but she wanted whoever won to firmly support Trump.

It's important to remember that this year may be different than past potential wave years, because it's not all headed in the same direction.

Democrats also nominated Sioux City paralegal J.D. Scholten, a former minor league baseball player, to run in northwest Iowa's 4th District against longtime GOP Rep. Steve King. One GOP incumbent has already lost a primary and others have been denied promotions for the nomination to the Senate or for governor in Indiana, West Virginia and Idaho.

In Alabama, GOP Rep. Martha Roby is facing four fellow Republicans challenging her for her seat in the state's 2nd District. Roby said she couldn't vote for Trump after the Access Hollywood tape emerged. She's a two-term lieutenant governor, who took the top job when Gov. Terry Branstad became ambassador to China. There is a catch here, though - Bright isn't a standard Republican.

The retirements of long-serving Republican Reps.

The Democratic nominees for governor shall be anticipated to guide the social gathering nationally on hot-button points comparable to immigration coverage, healthcare reform, and curbing local weather change.

Sean Spicer, 42, a San Diego resident who works in marketing, said he voted because it's a civic duty - though he doesn't like California's top two primary system and said it is showing its shortcomings this year.

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