Female Democratic nominees are motivated by more than anti-Trump animus

Female Democratic nominees are motivated by more than anti-Trump animus

Female Democratic nominees are motivated by more than anti-Trump animus

In the U.S. House primary in California's 50th Congressional District, for example, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's preferred candidate, Josh Butner, projects to finish only in third or fourth place, behind Republican incumbent Duncan Hunter and another Democrat, Ammar Campa-Najjar.

Newsom, the former San Francisco mayor, was the first candidate to announce a bid for governor more than three years ago and was strongly favored for the top slot.

Although a Democrat, Mr. Newman represents a traditionally conservative area and his sin, in the view of many of his constituents, was unforgivable: a vote in favor of an increase in a tax on gasoline, to pay for road repairs and bridges.

On the other side, Democratic strategists expect to see new evidence of an anti-Trump backlash, particularly in suburban districts across New Jersey and California, where many voters have soured on the Republican president. Republican registration has fallen for years and the party has not won a statewide contest in more than a decade, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was re-elected governor in 2006.

Democrats avoided disastrous shutouts from key California races following Tuesday's primaries, keeping them on track for strong showings in the liberal-leaning state that the party hopes will help them retake the US Congress later this year.

At least two of their best opportunities to pick up seats in southern California, a Republican stronghold, may take days to be decided, but they avoided being blocked from the ballot in the vast majority of the state's top battleground districts.

In two other races - GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's 48th District and Rep. Jeff Denham's 10th District - Democrats led for the second spot in the general election, but the races were too close to call. Tuesday's special election was the first time voters have gone to the polls in Missouri since Republican Gov. Eric Greitens resigned in disgrace amid a series of scandals. But he was on the minds of many voters. In the Central Valley, Kern County Clerk Auditor Susan Rooney said 49,000 of the 233,000 mail ballots sent out had been turned in as of Tuesday morning.

What's more, Democrats turned out at higher levels than Republicans in every single contest in the state where there was a competitive primary.

Long-time California Democrat Sen.

He said he voted because, "it's my duty". "I think it'd be very good for the down-ballot races as well".

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Women have been increasing their presence on the political front lines since 2016, in large part in response to President Trump's election.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised Republican candidates for their success in California's primary election Tuesday night and predicted there "may be a big red wave" come November.

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. But he quickly began to distinguish himself from Cox, painting the November race as a choice between "a governor who's gonna stand up to Donald Trump and a foot-soldier in his war on California".

The hope of reformers who backed it as a ballot proposition almost a decade ago was that the new rules - which let every voter cast a ballot for any candidate in the primary, with the top two advancing to the general election - would act as an antidote to partisan polarization. Could party actors - politicians, campaign and governing professionals, activists and donors, formal party organizations, party-aligned interest groups, party-aligned media - figure out which candidates to support, and could they then transmit those preferences to voters and convince them to support the party's decision?

Any successful political reform - unlike the top two horror show - needs to be built on our partisan realities.

But just getting a candidate in the top-tier governor's race was a crucial achievement for Republicans.

Evelyn Corado, a 50-year-old preschool teacher from Huntington Beach and naturalized USA citizen from El Salvador, chose Villaraigosa for governor.

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

Democrats' dreams of taking both of the top two primary positions may be dashed by a late surge by Trump-backed John Cox, a San Diego businessman running as a Republican.

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