US Democrats hope for 'blue wave' in primaries

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US President Donald Trump cast the night as a win for Republicans.

In California, where voters vote for senate candidates regardless of political party, the Democrats have secured the top two positions on the roster, all but securing its claim on the senate seat. That includes the Lone Star State, where Democratic candidates have outnumbered Republicans in state races for the first time in recent memory. "So far this cycle, women have won 47 of 68 incumbent-less Democratic primary matchups with male candidates" for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, and gubernatorial seats, according to Nathaniel Rakich of Inside Elections and FiveThirtyEight.

Cox, who says he wasn't born from wealth and had to work his way up, is confident he can reach a broad range of voters in the state.

Tuesday was a big night for female candidates. He drew a primary challenge from Scott Baugh, the Republican former state assembly leader. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has spent at least $5.6 million in the Golden State this election cycle, at one point even giving money to Republican candidates in the hopes of splitting the GOP vote. The party establishment's preferred candidates won nominations in Iowa and New Mexico. The favorite of Washington Democrats will take on GOP Assemblyman Jay Webber in one of several New Jersey races Democrats view as possible pickups. Party leaders were forced to broker a truce between Mr. Cisneros and fellow Democrat Andy Thorburn ahead of the vote to end their constant stream of attack ads on each other and focus their attention on Republican opponents. She will face former Democrat Bobby Bright in Alabama's conservative 2nd district - where Trump loyalty has been a central issue.

In 2016 Roby was the first Republican member of Congress to withdraw her endorsement of Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee after he was caught on video bragging about grabbing women's genitals.


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

"It's hard to say, because California is a Democratic state", she said, before adding, "But we can try".

Democrats must net 23 seats to take control of the 435-seat House in November, which would likely stymie much of Trump's agenda. Those are districts that are, even if Democrats don't win this year, looking more and more likely to turn blue.

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez won a spot on the ballot with slim margins for an incumbent senator (62% to 40%) after barely escaping bribery charges past year over hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts he received from an eye doctor now convicted of fraud. These results come on the heels of last month's primaries in West Virginia, which were another fairly successful night for the Republican establishment. And he's facing a well-funded Republican this fall, former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, who coasted in the GOP primary.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday urging Republicans to head to the polls. "We're engaged in an epic battle", Newsom told supporters Tuesday, calling Cox a "footsoldier in (Donald Trump's) war on California".


Still, that 44 percent matches the approval rating for Ronald Reagan (in June 1982) and Barack Obama (in June 2010) before both presidents saw their parties lose a significant number of House seats in the midterms. That allows the possibility of two candidates qualifying from the same party - and neither from the other. The exception: Republican Rep. David Valadao's Fresno-area district. In another, Issa's district, Republican Diane Harkey was leading in early returns, as two Democrats vied for the second slot.

Democrats feel particularly good about results in the 49th district, which encompasses parts of San Diego and Orange Counties. He notched about 30 percent in a large field, though the second-place finisher remained unclear. He will face Baron Bruno, a real estate agent without a declared political party, in the general election.

Trump will not be on the ballot this year. Voters have five months to make up their minds.

"Republicans are having to explain about the President", said Mr Ben Ray Luján, who leads the House mid-term effort. "I think it helped consolidate the Republican vote", Cox said.

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


The President "touches my heart", she said.

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