Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Democrats Avert Disaster in Crucial Calif. Primaries

Democrats Avert Disaster in Crucial Calif. Primaries

Responding to President Donald Trump's polarizing policies and the potential for Democrats to retake control of Congress this November, voters in eight US states took to the polls on Tuesday in one of the most highly anticipated midterm primary elections in recent history, turning out victories for a number of women, pro-pot candidates, and prominent California Democrats.

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. "The [gas tax] initiative is going to be on the ballot in November and Democrats are going to have to defend raising the gasoline tax while Republicans say they want to repeal it".

Primary voters in eight states made their decisions Tuesday, and there were several historic firsts.

The results so far show that out of 117 federal and statewide primary contests with one or more female candidate, 59 primaries were definitively won by women, 34 were lost, and 18 female candidates are trailing in California races that have not yet been called, as California doesn't count absentee ballots until after the day of the election.

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newson, a Democrat, easily advanced to the general election, with business executive John Cox coming in second.

In the House, things are looking better for New Jersey Democrats.

"As we await final results in multiple districts, it is clear that Democrats are in a stronger position than ever to take back the House, and winning districts in California will be central to that path", said Tyler Law, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in a Wednesday email.

Overcoming Feinstein from the left is going to be hard for Kevin de Leon.

It was a different story in MS, where 66-year-old Gladys Cruz wasn't sure which Republican she would support in the state's Senate primary, but she wanted whoever won to firmly support Trump.

Senate contests are mostly getting overlooked Tuesday, but vulnerable Democratic incumbent Jon Tester of Montana will learn who he'll have to contend with this fall.

California Democrats appeared to avoid a nightmare scenario in Tuesday's "jungle" format, while Republicans earned some key victories that will set up a contentious election november 6. Cox is a Republican. He's a Democrat, representing a district in Orange County in Southern California.

Cox enters the race a long shot and hitched to President Donald Trump, who is widely unpopular in California. The California Republican Party later evicted Little from the party convention; party officials did not release an endorsement in the U.S. Senate race. But it is Cox's presence as the second candidate to advance to the November ballot that could color the race. By contrast, Cox is a study in obscurity; over half the state's likely voters don't even know who he is. Now, he is warning that Newsom should be careful what he wished for, openly, during a candidates' debate in San Jose: to face him or Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen, rather than another Democrat, in November.

Julie Husting, a 53-year-old retired accountant from Huntington Beach, said she's a Republican and voted for Cox.

"A little story that no one's talking about right now is a state senator, a Democrat just got recalled".

California saw an unusually large number of Democrats vying for office, many energized by anger over Trump administration policies restricting immigration and abortion access as well as easing environmental regulations. In South Dakota, Iowa and Alabama - three states that have never elected a woman as governor - Republican women won nominations and are favored in November.

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