Californian voters took to the polls on Tuesday, June 5 for one of the most closely watched primaries leading up to the 2018 midterm elections. Party Republicans strongly support the tax law that Mr. Trump signed previous year, though it is more of a drag than a lift among voters overall, the new Journal/NBC News poll shows.
This will continue the long pattern of Southern California politicians hitting their career ceiling when they get into leadership within the state Legislature. "Remember, Dems are High Tax, High Crime, easy to beat!"
The California GOP is relieved to have a candidate at the top of the ticket in the governor's race this fall after Tuesday's primaries. Female Republican governors in Alabama and Iowa will vie for their first full terms after succeeding men who resigned.
The Newman recall campaign is the first in California since a failed effort against a Republican state senator in 2008 and the first on the state level anywhere in the nation since 2013, Joshua Spivak, author of the Recall Elections Blog, said in an email.
However, its handful of competitive races have made it hotly contested territory in the fight over control of the US House of Representatives, drawing big money and the spotlight on the biggest primary night of the midterms.
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Democrats have already spent millions in California, hoping to take control of the House in the fall. Republicans won 53 percent of the primary vote on Tuesday. Her Republican opponent in the July runoff is a former Democrat-turned-Trump ally Bobby Bright.
Representative Martha Roby of Alabama withdrew her endorsement of Trump weeks before the election, following the Access Hollywood Tape. In New Mexico, former Democratic state party leader Deb Haaland won her congressional Democratic primary, putting her on track to become the first Native American congresswoman in USA history.
Incumbent Republican Gov. Kay Ivey won her primary with 56 percent support, easily beating Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Tommy Battle, who finished a distant second with 25 percent.
Dozens of Republican congressmen are retiring nationwide this year, including California US Reps. Bob Menendez, a Democrat who faced federal bribery charges a year ago.
There were other glimmers of hope, even though all but one statewide race was topped by a Democrat.
Menendez's opponent in November will be Republican businessman Bob Hugin, who won 75 percent in his primary. The two candidates with the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, face off in the November general election. He will face Baron Bruno, a real estate agent without a declared political party, in the general election.
Democratic leaders fretted about this possibility more and more as primary day drew nearer, envisioning a scenario in which their abundant candidate pool cannibalized itself to Republicans' advantage.
A key Senate race took shape in the heart of Trump country as well. "In three high-profile House races, there are so many candidates from the two major parties eating into one another's support that the election results may end up owing more to chance than any discernible will of the people". Another 24 Democrats have run for state senate seats, the most in at least a decade, according to data by the nonpartisan political site Ballotpedia.