The Primaries Were Important Last Night - Here Are The Key Takeaways

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Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota all vote today.

That's exactly what could happen in California's marquee races for Senate and governor, where Republicans fear the prospect of being left off the general election ballot altogether.

Across the country Tuesday night, Democrats got good news in their effort to take back the House.

In California, national Democrats spent more than $7 million trying to curb and fix the damage inflicted by Democrats attacking each other in districts opened by retiring Republican Reps. In California's "jungle primary" system, the top two candidates in the primary advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.

"Democrats remain alive in all of their targets, which was not guaranteed going into Tuesday night", said Kyle Kondik, the managing editor of the election forecaster Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia. In three highly watched races, Democrats were able to get their desired candidate on the ballot. Democratic operatives hope the swing previews a strong showing in November, where voters are prepared to rebuke the President.

"The "top two" primary forces people to develop these complicated strategies that in another state would seem extremely odd", Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, told KABC. A crowded field is running to replace term-limited Gov.

Leading the race is the state's lieutenant governor and former mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom. Howze ran to Denham's right on immigration, accusing the four-term congressman of supporting "amnesty" for his immigration reform advocacy. In both of these marquee races, there's a realistic possibility that Democrats' substantial statewide voter registration edge over the GOP will lead to Democrat-vs.

Democratic hopes to retake control of the House will rise or fall in California, where the party pursued a string of Republican-held seats in Tuesday's primary election.

"Yeah, if he wants to spend time here he should spend time", Newsom told reporters in an appearance at the San Francisco Ferry Building Wednesday afternoon.

In some areas, the large number of Democratic candidates risked splintering the party's vote - though the same quirk also threatened to eliminate Republican John Cox from the race for Governor.

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In Iowa, labor leader Cathy Glasson couldn't pull off an upset against businessman Fred Hubbell for the Democratic nomination, so Hubbell will take on Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who had no party opposition.

Primary voters also sorted through several legislative races shaped by sexual misconduct allegations. The GOP primary took a nasty and personal turn when another candidate raised unfounded rumors about Ivey's personal life, which she aggressively denied. I think most people say, 'If Donald Trump can run for president and win, clearly I can run too, because I have something to offer.' I think people see an opening and an opportunity. "If you look at the results from the primary you will see a unified party ready to stand up to Trump".

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Menendez is favored to win against Lisa McCormick, but this is the first time he's facing voters after a lengthy corruption trial ended with a hung jury.

His focus on energizing Latinos, moderate Democrats, independents and some Republicans wasn't enough to overcome Newsom's strength with the Democratic Party's liberal base or Cox's united GOP front.

Will More GOP House Members Struggle? Keep in mind, for instance, that there is now a Democratic senator from Alabama because the state's Republican Party could not figure out how to prevent its voters from backing an accused child molester, Roy Moore. Given that California, overall, is a deep blue state, "I don't know how far down the policy rabbit hole Newsome will have to go", said Elizabeth Ashford, a political consultant who has worked for Jerry Brown, the popular governor who is leaving office, and Senator Kamala Harris.

Trump later added his congratulations for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R.), the incumbent in California's 48th Congressional District race who won the primary on Tuesday.

In New Jersey, Republican Steve Lonegan, who was critical of Trump in 2016, lost a congressional primary after his opponent used footage of Trump criticizing the candidate in his ads.

A Republican within the basic election would all however assure the competing Democrat will change into the subsequent governor.

A breakdown of mail-in ballots in key Orange County congressional districts compiled by nonpartisan Political Data Inc. showed the vote dominated by older, white voters, a vital demographic for the GOP.