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.
Dozens of women on Tuesday won congressional and gubernatorial nominations as voters in eight USA states chose candidates ahead of November's elections, including several who notched firsts in a year boasting a historic number of female contenders.
Because the issue is, is that they have so many Democrats running in these individual races, and Republicans are really solidified between one, two, or three candidates, and so if two republicans are the top two vote-getters, then no Democrats make it to the November election.
Because of California's "jungle primary", the top two finishers - regardless of party - advance to a runoff in November.
Holding hopes of a "blue wave" in November, Democrats fought to shape the political battlefield in primaries across eight states, none more important than California where Republicans avoided an embarrassing setback in the race for governor.
Voters in seven other states went to the polls Tuesday. Neither party immediately appeared to suffer major setbacks. This suggests a more competitive race than one might expect in deep blue California.
"Many more Republican voters showed up yesterday than the Fake News thought possible", Trump tweeted. "It's kind of sad when they tout it as a victory just to get a candidate on the November ballot". "Remember, Dems are High Tax, High Crime, easy to beat!"
Deb Haaland, who secured the democratic nomination for congress in New Mexico's first congressional district, will likely be the first-ever Native-American woman to serve in Congress, as her district is a safe seat for Democrats.
Ivey, who stepped into the governor post after the resignation of Robert Bentley a year ago, will seek a full term in November. Feinstein, a formidable five-term senator beloved by voters, will face a progressive challenger in former California state senate president Kevin De Léon.
Republican John Cox, with 26% of the vote, defeated former LA Mayor Villaraigosa to advance to the finals in November. "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.
Lawmakers voted to put the measure on the ballot a year ago when they passed the gas tax increase, which Republicans want to repeal through a separate ballot initiative in November. If California voters don't elect more Democrats to Congress, it will be harder for the party to gain legislative control and "the Affordable Care Act will continue, as it has been, to be under attack from an empowered Republican majority", he said. If Grisham wins, she'd be the state's second Latino state executive and the first Latino Democrat governor.
Partially because of this unique system, outside spenders flooded the state with money in an attempt to manipulate the primary.
Despite being targeted for voting past year to repeal the ACA and cut Medicaid funding, several Republican incumbents performed well at the polls in California.
Rep. David G. Valadao was another bright spot for Republicans. In the third, 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.
Can Democrats take back the House and Senate? The second spot remained up for grabs.
"Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker won his primary contest as did New Jersey Sen". Each enjoyed fairly strong support from their own parties, garnering over half of the votes. Representative Nunes is a polarising figure in national politics given his support for Trump in the House investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Party members had been anxious they might get shut out of key House races. Jon Tester, one of the most vulnerable senators in the nation.