Women emerge from party primary elections

Howard TerryJun 09, 2018

Both parties were touting a good night in California a day after the so-called "jungle primaries", where Republicans and Democrats were able to advance candidates to the general election in several key districts. 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.

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.

California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein also fared well, fending off challenges from the left. At least two of their best pickup opportunities in southern California may take days to be decided, but Democrats avoided being blocked from the ballot in the vast majority of the state's top battlegrounds.

Because of California's unusual primary system, all candidates appear on a single primary ballot, with the top two vote-getters regardless of party advancing to the November election.

In the Senate race, Feinstein is leading, followed by Democratic challenger Kevin de Leon, but the number of candidates in the race could throw a spanner in the works for the party.

Thanks to redistricting, a Democratic and Republican House incumbent were forced to face off, and the Republican won.

Democrats have already spent millions in California, hoping to take control of the House in the fall.

Mozloom said that while there's a pervasive narrative that the tax cuts are unpopular and the measure has received a lot of criticism in the media, Republicans should be proud to defend their votes for the bill.

Some Democrats see it as me-first selfishness on Newsom's part, putting his own career above his party's national standing, even though he portrays himself as a leader of the "resistance" to Trump. After years of decline, Republicans account for an anemic 1 in 4 voters in California.

Numerous women who won nomination Tuesday are in races that Democrats are expected to win, but they have the potential to bring ideas to the table that previous liberal candidates have not prioritized because of gender, race or other reasons. Among the top Democrats is Michelle Lujan Grisham, a congresswoman who'd be the second Latina state chief executive.

Women are likely to become governors for the first time in Alabama, Iowa and South Dakota, according to Gender Watch 2018, a project of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Among those who prevailed on Tuesday was Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor who is seeking a competitive open seat in northern New Jersey that Democrats have not held in decades. And President Donald Trump, crediting "the Trump impact", said there might be "a big Red Wave" instead.

There were other glimmers of hope, even though all but one statewide race was topped by a Democrat. What do you anticipate this race looking like since both candidates are Democrats?

In New Jersey's 7th District, won by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, Republican incumbent Leonard Lance will face a tough general election against former Obama staffer Tom Malinowski.

Democrats captured second place in the races to replace outgoing GOP Reps.

Republican Representative Mimi Walters easily advanced to the November election in her Orange County district that has been targeted by Democrats. The second spot remained up for grabs. "Republicans ended up winning in all of the seven seats they were trying to target.my numbers are well above we thought they would be and the Republican nearly made it in the general election in my race as well, so I'd say Republicans that were very motivated given tax cuts and the economy. that's something that's playing well in my community".

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