Trump remains a looming figure in latest wave of primaries

Trump remains a looming figure in latest wave of primaries

And in the gubernatorial race, we'll have a battle between fairly traditional, establishment-backed nominees in Democrat Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor, and Republican John Cox.

Democrats had eight candidates on the ballot in the race to unseat Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher, who has served in Congress since 1989 and was re-elected in 2016 in a southern California district that also chose Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. In California's "jungle primary" system, the top two candidates in the primary advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.

On June 7th, Trump tweeted: "Great night for Republicans!"

Trump tweeted Wednesday of Cox: "He can win".

In the midwestern state of Montana, one of the least populated states in the country, Republicans hope to ride on a wave of strong support for Trump to unseat the incumbent Democratic senator Jon Tester.

To help us make sense of key races up and down the state, Berkeley News spoke with Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley IGS Poll, part of UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies.

Given the state's unique election laws it will take days to sort out its competitive races and determine winners. "It's kind of sad when they tout it as a victory just to get a candidate on the November ballot".

California has some of the highest gas prices in the nation, and the tax, which went in to effect previous year, is a rare issue in California that seems to bring Democrats and Republicans together. Female Republican governors in Alabama and Iowa will vie for their first full terms after succeeding men who resigned.

Democrats feared a glut of candidates in some districts would fragment their vote and shut them out of some races where they hope to capture Republican seats in November.

"If Democrats are as energized in California as they have been in some other states, they can move into the general election with no viable Republicans running statewide".

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The NYT adds: "Mr. Cox's showing represented a major tactical victory for national Republicans as they seek to protect seven Republican-held congressional seats in California that Democrats are targeting as they try to recapture the House".

Can Democrats take back the House and Senate? The favorite of Washington Democrats will take on GOP Assemblyman Jay Webber in one of several New Jersey races Democrats view as possible pickups. Republicans won 53 percent of the primary vote on Tuesday. She will face former Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright in Alabama's conservative 2nd district - where Trump loyalty has been a central issue.

Democratic leaders continue to coach their candidates to steer clear of the fireworks surrounding Mr Trump and the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, both to reinforce their focus on local concerns and to avoid riling Republican voters.

In New Jersey, Democrats were nominated for four Republican-held seats that are considered competitive.

And 48 percent of voters indicate they're more likely to support a congressional candidate who promises to provide a check on President Trump, compared with 23 percent who say they're less likely to support such a candidate. After years of decline, Republicans account for an anemic 1 in 4 voters in California.

Republican Representative Mimi Walters easily advanced to the November election in her Orange County district that has been targeted by Democrats. Yet so too will neoliberal corporate Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi, who barely faced a challenge.

Republican businessman Bob Hugin claimed the Republican nomination to face Menendez this fall.

The districts most likely to flip are the two being vacated by retiring Republicans, the 2nd District in South Jersey and the 11th District in North Jersey. The Republican who thought - we thought might squeak through isn't even - it doesn't look like at this point anywhere near them. In the third, Issa's district, Republican Diane Harkey was leading in early returns, as two Democrats vied for the second slot.

But for the second straight election, Republicans could not get a candidate through to the general election for the Senate.

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