BLUE WAVE CRASHING: Trump Congratulates California GOP After Big Primary Night

07 June, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Kim Reid
  • JB Lacroix  Getty Images Antonio Villaraigosa attends the Human Rights Campaign's 2017

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

But some believe a hard-fought race for governor might actually be a gift to Democrats.

In Montana, where polls close at 10 p.m. EDT, the Republican primary will determine who will face Democratic Sen.

Despite all the talk of the fading of party influence on politics, Tuesday results show that's not the case - both parties held strong sway over voters.

Villaraigosa's distant third-place finish was a stunning result for man once hailed a rising star in the Democratic Party and the face of the changing demographics in California and the nation.

As a measure of the importance of the California contests, the DCCC spent a combined $5.5 million in the three swing districts where they feared getting locked out of the general election, according to Federal Election Commission reports. The elections in California, Iowa, New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico, Mississippi and Alabama will shape the midterm battles that will redefine politics in the U.S. in the next few months. The jury deadlocked, but Republicans hope to use Menendez's legal troubles to tar other Democrats like Sherrill across the state.

State Rep. Abby Finkenauer would earn that distinction if she's able to unseat Rep. Rod Blum in November in northeast Iowa's 1st Congressional District. Former state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon argues Feinstein isn't doing enough to oppose the Trump administration.

The 25th District that runs through northern Los Angeles County and a thin strip of Ventura County has a Democratic registration edge but a Republican congressman, Rep. Steve Knight.

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Villaraigosa has been critical of SB 562, saying it is an unrealistic goal and that California should focus on creating universal healthcare through expansion of the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.

"It wasn't Donald Trump who made California the highest tax state in the country", Cox told enthusiastic supporters. "He will make a BIG difference!" In seven key California House races - now Republican-held districts that voted for Hillary Clinton - Democrats were able to secure a place on the ballot and a shot at flipping them in November.

What's more, Democrats turned out at higher levels than Republicans in every single contest in the state where there was a competitive primary.

Almost two-thirds of voters recalled Newman, of Fullerton, over his vote last year to increase fuel and vehicle taxes to raise about $5 billion a year for road repairs.

Republicans and Democrats alike appear to have escaped calamity in a crucial day of coast-to-coast primary battles as they fight to shape the political battlefield for the fall.

"He was already mayor of Los Angeles and I saw him do a lot for the Hispanic community", she said after casting her ballot.

Across the country in Montclair, New Jersey, Lynnette Joy Baskinger, a psychotherapist, said she's fed up with the GOP.

"I still consider myself an independent, but I just won't vote Republican because of what's going on", she said.

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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.

None of the other 23 candidates had more than 3 percent.

Because of California's "jungle primary", the top two vote-getters - regardless of party - advance to a runoff in November. Payne did, however, lament that party leadership did not adequately support female candidates across Orange County. In both races, Republicans hope one of their candidates advances to the general election.

But a fellow Democrat, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, is the clear front-runner. Democratic incumbents, including California's Senator Dianne Feinstein, fared well, fending off challenges from the left. She would be the first Latina Democratic governor in USA history. But the real drama is the race for second place. There are 11 unknown Republicans in the race and none was backed by the party.

Many of these Southern California districts are crowded with Democratic candidates. In a San Diego-area district where Darrell Issa is stepping down, Democrat Mike Levin is slated to take on Republican Diane Harkey.

That's money the Democrats would have preferred to spend promoting their candidates this fall. If not, it could reduce Republican turnout in the fall, which would affect down-ballot races. "Remember, Dems are High Tax, High Crime, easy to beat!"

In New Jersey, Sen. And he's facing a well-funded Republican this fall, former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, who coasted in the GOP primary.

Cox is a California venture capitalist endorsed by President Trump who is most widely known for unsuccessfully running against Barack Obama for his Illinois Senate seat in 2003. State Auditor Matt Rosendale and former judge Russ Fagg are the top contenders for the GOP nomination.

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Incumbent Republican Rep. Martha Roby came under fierce fire in her GOP primary for withdrawing her endorsement of Trump in the 2016 presidential race, after the after the Access Hollywood tape revealed his boasts about grabbing women by the genitals without their consent. If Noem wins, she'd be on her way to becoming the state's first female governor.

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