The Santa Fe New Mexican published an op-ed Friday in which Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, called for the Legislature to approve a form of open primaries in which those registered to vote, but not with one of the major parties, could pick which major party primary they want to vote in, instead of being excluded entirely. "I actually made a little poster to put on the door there to give them a phone number and web site to go to the nearest place to take their ballot". Seven of these districts are in California, with the highest concentration in the longtime Republican outpost of Orange County. "He will make a BIG difference!"
Under California's system, all candidates appear on a single primary ballot, with the top two vote-getters regardless of party advancing to the November election. The Democrats have their sights set on turning as many of these seats blue as possible.
Cox, a business executive, has the GOP's best chance at earning a spot.
Republican Bob Hugin, left, will challenge Sen. Barring some kind of unexpected event, it's clear who Democrats will nominate in these four seats.
Sherrill will face the victor of a crowded Republican primary.
With the possibility of a Democratic wave on the horizon, Tuesday's contests will test voter enthusiasm, candidate quality and Trump's influence as the 2018 political battlefield begins to settle. Democrats have almost 900,000 more registered voters than Republicans in the state. All but one of its five Republican-held House seats are considered competitive and anger at Trump may be particularly potent in the state's many suburbs.
Trump in a series of Tuesday tweets backed Republican candidates.
But Democratic strategists expect to see new evidence of an anti-Trump backlash, particularly in suburban districts across New Jersey and California, where many voters have soured on the Republican president.
"What's going to be the profile of these Democrats from Republican districts?" said Mark Baldassare, president of the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.
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.
"It's hard to say that we have a fair and equal voting process when a large segment of the voting population isn't allowed to have a say in who the general election candidates will be", Toulouse Oliver wrote. Cox has failed on several occasions to get his proposal on a state ballot, but the efforts put him on the political map, and he is running on a platform to end Brown's $52 billion gas tax increase and end the "sanctuary" laws of the state aimed at protecting some immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation.
Four GOP-held seats in New Jersey are now rated competitive by Inside Elections. Democrats are hoping to take up to 10 of them. State Auditor Matt Rosendale and former judge Russ Fagg are the top contenders for the GOP nomination.
Meanwhile, South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem could be the latest member of Congress to struggle this cycle in a bid for statewide office. And in the 3rd District, three Democrats - including Pete D'Alessandro, who led Bernie Sanders' 2016 caucus campaign in Iowa - want to face Rep. David Young.
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.