DAN WALTERS: Newsom and Trump wanted Cox-and got their wishes


That includes a decisive second-place finish by San Diego businessman John Cox, who will go on to face Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the race for governor.

After votes in 21 states, including California and seven others that held primaries on Tuesday, Democrats have avoided potential pitfalls and secured general-election candidates in many Republican-held districts who have compelling biographical stories and political profiles that party leaders hope will have broad appeal in a nation that tends to vote for change at this stage in the electoral cycle. "So much for the big Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave", he tweeted on Wednesday morning, hailing what he called "the Trump impact".

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. Neither party immediately appeared to suffer major setbacks. Yesterday marked the most crowded primary day of the 2018 election, with eight states voting on candidates for Congress, governorships, and more.

But Trump's approval ratings among Republicans are near a historical high and remarkable for a president who has so often abandoned GOP orthodoxy on issues and created so much discomfort with his conduct and behaviour.

Democrats made history in New Mexico, where Deb Haaland, a member of the Pueblo de Laguna tribe who won her primary in a liberal district, is poised to become the first ever Native American congresswoman.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who stepped in previous year when Robert Bentley resigned (becoming the state's first female governor), beat out Tommy Battle, state Sen.

Democrats have recruited candidates to run in state districts where Republican incumbents haven't faced challengers in years. She'll face Republican Janice Arnold-Jones in November. Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern, a Republican, finished third in the race, but actually won more precincts than Gomez.

Democrats must flip 24 Republican seats to win a House majority.

"They marginalized their own candidates all across the country", Democratic consultant Peter Fenn said. The favorite of Washington Democrats will take on GOP Assemblyman Jay Webber in one of several New Jersey races Democrats view as possible pickups. Dianne Feinstein did win her party's nomination Tuesday.

Representative Martha Roby of Alabama withdrew her endorsement of Trump weeks before the election, following the Access Hollywood Tape.

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A record number of women have filed to run for Congress in the first midterm election since President Donald Trump's 2016 victory, with some saying they are motivated by criticisms of his treatment of women and by the ongoing #MeToo movement that has targeted sexual misconduct.

In New Mexico, Democratic Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham won her party's nomination in the race to succeed the departing Republican governor, Susana Martinez.

The primary results were foreshadowed in a January PPIC survey.

Republican Rep. Jeff Denham appeared to be headed for a showdown with Democrat Josh Harder, a venture capitalist, in California's 10th Congressional District.

Rep. David G. Valadao was another bright spot for Republicans. Darrell Issa is retiring; so is Ed Royce. He outlasted challenges by two fellow Democrats - 29-year-old Sara Jacobs, who conducted foreign affairs work during the Obama Administration, and retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate, who almost defeated Issa in 2016.

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.

It was a district Trump won in 2016. He notched about 30 percent in a large field, though the second-place finisher remained unclear.

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

But Dan Schnur, a Republican political strategist who teaches at the University of Southern California and the University of California-Berkeley, said health care has gone from a negative to a positive for Democratic candidates, who have spent the past several elections defending Obamacare.

But Trump still lords over the party that he has reshaped, and loyalty to the president is key. He's one of the most prominent backers of a ballot initiative that would repeal recent increases in gasoline and diesel taxes, which is likely to qualify for the November ballot.