Democrats were fighting to avoid similar potential calamities in California's many competitive House districts, considered critical in their quest to seize control of Congress this fall.
Californians will choose between Democrat Gavin Newsom, left, and Republican John Cox to be the state's next governor. Due to the peculiar California primary system, in which the top two finishers qualify for the November ballot irrespective of party, Democrats had feared that with multiple candidates in four competitive seats, two Republicans might prevail.
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To help us make sense of key races up and down the state, Berkeley News spoke with Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley IGS Poll, part of UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies. The GOP wants to saddle Democrats who run the state with responsibility for rising crime rates, growing income inequality, high taxes and immigration problems. Female Republican governors in Alabama and Iowa will vie for their first full terms after succeeding men who resigned.
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez won a spot on the ballot with slim margins for an incumbent senator (62% to 40%) after barely escaping bribery charges past year over hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts he received from an eye doctor now convicted of fraud.
California was among eight states holding primary contests on Tuesday.
Across the country Tuesday night, Democrats got good news in their effort to take back the House.
In New Jersey, Mikie Sherrill, an ex-military helicopter pilot, won the Democratic primary in a congressional race that promises to be a key battleground in November. The favorite of Washington Democrats will take on GOP Assemblyman Jay Webber in one of several New Jersey races Democrats view as possible pickups. Party leaders were forced to broker a truce between Mr. Cisneros and fellow Democrat Andy Thorburn ahead of the vote to end their constant stream of attack ads on each other and focus their attention on Republican opponents.
The dynamic followed a trend from recent primaries in other states, indicating that while Trump is enjoying unwavering sway in the Republican party and among conservative voters, his controversial policies are sparking a strong backlash from Democratic voters and independents.
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The Democrats also won a formerly Republican-held state senate seat in a Missouri special election, the 42nd legislative shift the party has won since Mr. Trump took office previous year.
If Grisham wins, she would be the state's second Latino state executive.
Madrid is a Republican political consultant who worked for Antonio Villaraigosa's gubernatorial campaign and is sharply critical of the party under Trump. The Republican incumbent, Darrell Issa, is retiring from Congress after nine terms. CNN projected Wednesday one of three Democrats will advance to face Republican Diane Harkey in November in the 49th District.
But the Democrats failed to unite behind a single candidate. But so far, with the exception of Nebraska's second congressional district, Democrats are putting forward candidates who match the districts they're running in.
Menendez's opponent in November will be Republican businessman Bob Hugin, who won 75 percent in his primary.
Democrats were particularly concerned about this possibility in three southern California districts.
In the House races, Democrats are focusing on seven districts now in Republican hands that voted for Clinton in 2016 and could flip again this year.
The outcome ensures several vulnerable Republican-held seats are still in play, including seven that 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won. He and Cox emerged from a field of six major candidates fighting it out in an expensive and contentious race to succeed Brown, setting up a pitched battle for the future direction of the nation's most populous state.