Democrats Breathe Sigh Of Relief After Tuesday's Primaries

Primary ballots mailed; unaffiliated voters to participate for first time

In Iowa, Democrats Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer could become the state's first female House members.

Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker won his primary contest as did New Jersey Sen.

He's also focused heavily on California's high taxes and cost of living.

Democrats in California, the country's most populous state, are battling to ensure they come out on top in several congressional districts that voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

California's Next Governor: Ultra-Progressive Or A Trump Republican?

But Tuesday night, two GOP members advanced to general elections for governorships in South Dakota and New Mexico.

In a Fullerton-area district being vacated by the retiring Ed Royce, Democrat Gil Cisneros is poised to challenge Republican Young Kim.

Meanwhile, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia was in line to be one of the top two candidates heading to the November election in her Bell Gardens district.

In New Jersey, establishment-backed Democrats muscled past liberal challengers in key New Jersey congressional races on Tuesday, setting up contests in November that will test the question of whether more moderate candidates will fare better against Republicans in swing districts.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other national groups have spent millions of dollars trying to stave off a November shutout in the 49, 48, and 39 Congressional Districts.

"The "top two" primary forces people to develop these complicated strategies that in another state would seem extremely unusual", Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, told KABC. Howze ran to Denham's right on immigration, accusing the four-term congressman of supporting "amnesty" for his immigration reform advocacy.




Democrats avoided disastrous shutouts from key California races following Tuesday's primaries, keeping them on track for strong showings in the liberal-leaning state that the party hopes will help them retake the US Congress later this year. She would be the first Latina Democratic governor in USA history.

"Yeah, if he wants to spend time here he should spend time", Newsom told reporters in an appearance at the San Francisco Ferry Building Wednesday afternoon.

Edgar Mito, a 77-year-old retired truck loader in Los Angeles who is a registered Democrat, voted for state Treasurer John Chiang for governor and for U.S. Sen. Iowa Democrats have seen their power and relevance wane in recent years, and are hoping to claw their way back into power in 2018. Nate Boulton suspended his campaign after several women accused him of sexual misconduct.

If Roby were to lose the runoff, she would be the second House Republican defeated in a 2018 primary. The GOP primary took a nasty and personal turn when another candidate raised unfounded rumors about Ivey's personal life, which she aggressively denied. Despite the primary win, he's seen as having little chance against Newsom in November.

Trump is a popular punching bag for Democrats and unpopular with independents but maintains strong support and loyalty from the GOP base. Feinstein has responded to the challenge by tacking to the left, and leads de Leon in most polls. It wasn't a coincidence, however, that no such candidate existed, since the New Jersey Democratic Party has a long history of clearing the field for its preferred nominee. Menendez is favored to win against Lisa McCormick, but this is the first time he's facing voters after a lengthy corruption trial ended with a hung jury. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from Bakersfield, and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, each advanced easily to the November ballot and are expected to coast to re-election.

In Montana, Republicans will pick a candidate to take on Democratic Sen. State Auditor Matt Rosendale and former judge Russ Fagg are the top contenders for the GOP nomination.

More than 10,000 people have served in the House + almost 1,300 in the Senate since the first Congress met in 1789.

Republicans control both chambers of Congress. While she credits some of the increased interest in politics from women to the "Trump effect", she said that many people's understanding of what that means exactly is off.

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.

About 1,000 votes behind the two Democrats was Republican Scott Baugh.

The race for governor was one of hundreds of contests Californians narrowed on Tuesday. How Noem performs could show whether or not even being part of Congress is a kiss of death with GOP primary voters.

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