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Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Find your polling place on Election Day

Find your polling place on Election Day

No state will play a more significant role in the fight for control of Congress.

Motorists drop off their ballots at the Registrar of Voters on primary election day June 5, 2018 in San Diego.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is widely expected to advance to the general election, but her opponent will be decided from the results coming in tonight. She publicly withdrew her support of candidate Trump in October 2016 following the Access Hollywood tape release to the frustration of some of the President's supporters and won reelection with only 49 percent of the vote that year. Seven of these districts are in California, with the highest concentration in the longtime Republican outpost of Orange County.

Yet nightmare scenarios exist for both parties. Republicans face the embarrassing prospect of failing to nominate any candidates in Senate and gubernatorial races. But before then, Democrats must avoid self-inflicted wounds in Tuesday's so-called jungle primaries that feature a swarm of ambitious candidates who could cannibalize their own party's chances.

California tops a list of eight states with primary contests Tuesday from Montana to MS and New Mexico to New Jersey.

In Alabama, Rep. Martha Roby is trying not to become the second House incumbent to lose a primary this year. Maryland has closed primaries in which only registered party members can vote only in their party's primary.

"He was already mayor of Los Angeles and I saw him do a lot for the Hispanic community", she said after casting her ballot.

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 wants whoever wins to firmly support Trump.

"Some West Sacramento people think they live in Sacramento County", she said. Nine of the 10 California House districts rated as competitive by CNN are now held by Republicans, seven of which are in districts that voted for Clinton in 2016. No other state features more than three. The most likely way the other four candidates may be able to stop him is to make sure no one wins in Tuesday's primary election, unless another candidate has found a substantial increase in popularity over the past two weeks. Iowa now has a Republican governor, and GOP -led state house and senate.

In the race to succeed term-limited Democrat Jerry Brown, two Democrats, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, are leading the pack.

Cox, a business executive, has the GOP's best chance at earning a spot.

Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach is opposed to the gas tax and the state's sanctuary laws and says he wants to work to lower taxes. For Democrats, who risk getting shut out of key congressional races, it has massive implications for their push to retake control of the U.S. House. The party must wrest at least 23 seats from Republican hands.

It's primary Election Day in New Mexico for Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians. Ed Royce and Darrell Issa, and the district where Republican Dana Rohrabacher is facing challenges from the left and the right. If a more liberal candidate wins in these moderate-to-conservative districts, will these seats no longer be in reach for Democrats?

Voters were also asked to weigh in on their pick for Congressional candidates - the party nominations for two U.S. Senate seats and the 12 districts for the House of Representatives. Most recently though, McGuire was the Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party from 2014 to 2016. Bob Menendez for a third term Tuesday, months after his trial on corruption charges ended in a hung jury.

In Montana, where polls close at 10 p.m. EDT, the Republican primary will determine who will face Democratic Sen. A Democrat who would ordinarily be a shoo-in for re-election, Menendez was admonished in April by the Senate Ethics Committee for accepting gifts. Matt Rosendale, the state auditor, seems to be the front-runner over Troy Downing, an Air Force veteran and entrepreneur; Russ Fagg, a former state district judge; and state Senator Al Olszewski. But he's a safe bet in November, and both he and his Republican challenger, Mick Rich, are running unopposed in their primaries.

Meanwhile, South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem could be the latest member of Congress to struggle this cycle in a bid for statewide office. Neal Tapio, who drew attention last week for suggesting that the state dismantle the Native American reservation system.

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