Republican advances in California primary with Trump's help

Republican advances in California primary with Trump's help

Democrats and Republicans from Montana to Alabama and MS to New Jersey will pick their nominees up and down the ballot to face off this November for the inaugural midterm elections of Donald Trump's presidency.

Democrats there are targeting two House seats and the governorship, along with other statewide offices and the legislature. And as Democratic support among white voters - especially evangelicals, and especially non-college-educated people - has gradually eroded, it has gradually made Iowa more hospitable to Republicans, who won a very big midterm victory in the state in 2014.

Pivotal primary elections are taking place in eight USA states on Tuesday.

Some counties reported light traffic at polling stations Tuesday but officials pointed out many voters were mailing in their ballots. But he was on the minds of many voters.

In California, national Democrats spent more than US$7 million trying to fix the damage inflicted by Democrats attacking each other in districts where seats have opened because Republican Representatives Ed Royce and Darrell Issa are retiring, as well as in the district where Republican Dana Rohrabacher faces challenges from the left and the right.

"This tax vote is going to cost several Sacramento politicians their seats", he said.

It's important to remember that this year may be different than past potential wave years, because it's not all headed in the same direction. I don't think it's anti-Trump. "So now I want to get my word in".

The key battlegrounds are seven districts, mostly in Southern California, where Hillary Clinton defeated then-candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, making them targets this year. Right now, in three toss-up congressional districts, Democrats are struggling to win a place on the November ballot because they have many well-funded candidates dividing up the party base.

Haaland has focused her campaign on progressive causes including fighting against new fossil fuel infrastructure while expanding the use of renewable energy; repealing the Republican Party's tax plan; enforcing a $15 federal minimum wage; defunding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which she calls "an out of control institution that is terrorizing American families"; and establishing Medicare for All. The fact that voters rebuked the Republican in this race could be a bad sign for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is seeking to oust vulnerable Democratic Sen.

Elsewhere, San Francisco will choose a new leader following the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee and a Northern California judge, Aaron Persky, faces a recall for the light sentence he gave a former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted a drunken woman.

GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox came in second in the primary election, securing a spot to face off against the Democratic frontrunner, current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom is seen as the likely favorite in November.

The state allows absentee ballots to be mailed through primary election day, meaning it'll likely be days before the final votes are counted. He's a former Democrat who voted for Nancy Pelosi for speaker.

The campaign played out largely under the radar despite millions of dollars in spending by candidates and their independent supporters.

This vote will have a significant impact on the country's political system. Republicans were in danger of getting locked out of the November ballot in the contest for governor.

Evelyn Corado, a 50-year-old preschool teacher from Huntington Beach and naturalized US citizen from El Salvador, chose Villaraigosa for governor. While she credits some of the increased interest in politics from women to the "Trump effect", she said that many people's understanding of what that means exactly is off. He and Travis Allen both aligned with Trump - Allen repeatedly noted Cox voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in the 2016 presidential election; Cox said he regrets the choice.

The results will shape November's mid-term elections, when Democrats hope a blue wave can flip control of the House of Representatives and possibly even the Senate from Republican to Democrat and land a hammer blow against Trump's political agenda.