Republicans held their own in state primary, but it's uphill to November

Republicans held their own in state primary, but it's uphill to November

Republicans held their own in state primary, but it's uphill to November

Primaries in eight states bolstered Democrats' hopes for a "blue wave" in November, but President Donald Trump put his own spin on the races, declaring Wednesday "the Trump impact" had delivered a "great night" for Republicans.

Real estate investor-attorney Ed Cox (pictured at right) shocked political watchers on Tuesday when he finished second in the state's unusual primary system that allows the top two finishers to advance to a general election.

The two veteran more moderate Republicans were on the outside as Trump and congressional GOP leaders pushed policies that disproportionately affected the Garden State, including an Affordable Care Act repeal bill that would end the state's expansion of Medicaid and tax legislation that curbed the federal deduction for state and local taxes.

However, its handful of competitive races have made it hotly contested territory in the fight over control of the US House of Representatives, drawing big money and the spotlight on the biggest primary night of the midterms.

Democrats did manage to deny Republicans the chance to run for the Senate, however, with the race now between incumbent Dianne Feinstein and uber-progressive challenger Kevin de Leon. While California is a largely Democratic state, Democrats anxious of being left off the general election ballot in key races in Orange County, a Republican stronghold.

Despite what remains an unclear victory for Democrats in California's primaries for the House of Representatives, Republicans were shut out of several state races. If the Democrats are going to take back the House, which now appears unlikely, it will be in swing states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and NY. Baugh's campaign threatened to draw enough disaffected Republicans to keep any Democrat from appearing on the ballot in November. Republicans won 53 percent of the primary vote on Tuesday.

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, however, while six in 10 Americans are now satisfied with the economy, and a plurality credit Donald Trump for it, most voters surveyed prefer candidates who promise to be a check on the president.

Roby was the first member of US Congress to withdraw her endorsement of the Republican president in 2016 after he was caught on video bragging about grabbing women's genitals.

Meanwhile, the Democratic candidates who had the lion's share of endorsements from party officials finished first in the primaries for USA senator and governor in California.

It may be as close to good as the state's second biggest political party can hope for in California in 2018. In South Dakota, Congresswoman Kristi Noem won the Republican gubernatorial primary, making her likely to become South Dakota's first female governor.

One positive for the president: About 60 percent of Americans are satisfied with the economy, and a plurality gives Trump credit for the economic improvement. "We anticipate really strong support in the general election as well". The second and third place finishers are both Democrats, Harley Rouda and Hans Keirstead, with about 70 votes separating them.

The older the voter, the more enthusiastic they are about voting in the upcoming midterm elections.

But in California, home to the most closely watched races on Tuesday, Republican incumbents largely came out on top in several key districts. But they don't associate Trump very closely with the Republican Party, thinking of him as sort of an island unto himself. He will face off against the Democratic businessman Harley Rouda who sent out a tweet today declaring, "Today 70% of voters in #CA48 rejected the failed hateful politics of @RepRohrabacher". The two candidates with the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, face off in the November general election. While Democrats need only a net total of two seats to take command of the Senate, Democratic senators must defend a bevy of seats in rural states such as Indiana, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia that supported Trump two years ago.

The governor's race was one of many drawing attention to California.

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