Democrats Breathe Sigh Of Relief After Tuesday's Primaries

07 June 2018, 02:01 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Nearly 100,000 cast early votes in New Mexico

Primary ballots mailed; unaffiliated voters to participate for first time

Two Republicans advanced when four Democrats split the vote in 2012, leaving November voters powerless to pick which party would represent them in a swing district. Rohrabacher will face a to-be-determined Democrat in the November general election.

Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of MS, won his primary contest as did Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey.

The governor's race was one of many drawing attention to California, a state not accustomed to being a national political battleground.

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

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.

In 2014, the "Harkin seat" in the Senate (in which U.S. House Democrat Bruce Braley was the front-runner to succeed the retiring Harkin) went to Republican Joni Ernst by almost nine points.

Voters on Tuesday also weighed in on other statewide offices.

It's important to remember, however, that even if the parties' power over their voters has declined to some extent, they're still extremely powerful institutions that get their way most of the time. In the Central Valley, Kern County Clerk Auditor Susan Rooney said 49,000 of the 233,000 mail ballots sent out had been turned in as of Tuesday morning. Republicans also nominated a member of Congress, Rep. Steve Pearce, to run for the job.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein sailed through her primary and will face Senate Majority Leader Kevin de León in the general election.

He said he voted because, "it's my duty".

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"I think that the threat is sort of by itself sufficient to change the legislative conversation", Newman said. "So now I want to get my word in".

But Trump still lords over the party that he has reshaped, and loyalty to the president is key.

And in New Mexico, former state Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland, a tribal member of Laguna Pueblo, won her primary and could become the first Native American woman in Congress if she wins this fall. Poizner switched his registration from Republican to No Party Preference earlier this year.

Elsewhere, San Francisco will choose a new leader following the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee and a Northern California judge, Aaron Persky, faces a recall for the light sentence he gave a former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted a drunken woman.

California Lieutenant Governor and former SF Mayor Gavin Newsom is headed to the Governor's race in November after a first place finish in last night's election, but he won't be facing former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as many expected. The closing days of the race were marked as much by dueling complaints over that spending as by differences between the candidates, their priorities and their styles of governing.

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.

CORRECTION (June 6, 2018, 11:02 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described a Republican candidate for the U.S. House seat in South Dakota as the chief of staff to the governor.

Evelyn Corado, a 50-year-old preschool teacher from Huntington Beach and naturalized US citizen from El Salvador, chose Villaraigosa for governor. "For an elected who is nervous about his or her prospects, they're going to be very nervous about this result, especially when you can leverage certain hot button issues like in my case taxes.They were able to weaponize that feature of our Constitution in order to do something that our framers never intended". He and Allen both aligned themselves with Trump - Allen repeatedly noted Cox voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in the 2016 presidential election; Cox said he regrets the choice - but the president chose Cox for his endorsement.

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

The president finished by saying, "so much for the Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave working hard!"

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