One-party rule? California Democrats look to expand power

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Orange County Democrats Hope Asian American Influx Will Shore up Blue Wave Nick de la Torre Associated Press 4 Jun 2018 Newport Beach CA

Candidates backed by the national Democratic Party succeeded in winning spots on the November ballot in eight races in New Jersey, California, Iowa and New Mexico.

Voters in five more states, Nevada, Maine, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia, on June 12 will choose candidates for their states' November congressional races. A state senate seat in California is bigger than a congressional seat--it's a million people and the [recall] was all over one issue. Mr Trump's elimination of the state-and-local tax deduction is an albatross for Republicans in high-tax California.

For the party to return to any sort of power position in Washington, D.C. they need to regain the majority in the U.S. House. But there are also several glimmers of hope for Republicans.

Francine Karuntzos, a 57-year-old retiree from Huntington Beach, California, said she has deep concerns about the Republican president - particularly his recent declaration that he could pardon himself. Democrats will be choosing between businessman Fred Hubbell and labor leader Cathy Glasson, with polls suggesting Hubbell is the favorite.

Voters are very happy about the state of the economy and that will accrue to the party's benefit at the ballot box in November.

Both Reynolds and Ivey are vying for their first full terms after succeeding men who resigned. Noem would be the state GOP's first female nominee for governor.

It was also a good night for incumbents in the Senate.

For all the focus on various California scenarios, it's nearly certain that the results won't be settled Tuesday night. Independents - who here tend to cast ballots like Democrats - make up one-quarter of the voters. Menendez will face Republican Bob Hugin, a pharmaceutical executive, in the fall. Dianne Feinstein appeared poised for an easy re-election victory.

In the Senate race, Feinstein is leading, followed by Democratic challenger Kevin de Leon, but the number of candidates in the race could throw a spanner in the works for the party. Rosendale has GOP establishment support. Jon Tester in November. This erosion no doubt warmed the hearts of Democratic Party operatives hoping for a "blue wave" in the state's primaries that would roll over the state's Republican delegation and prepare the political landscape for some serious House flipping in November. And in Missouri Democrats flipped their 42nd state legislative seat since Mr Trump took office.

In New Jersey, Democratic Sen.

In California, Young Kim - the first Korean-American Republican woman to become a state lawmaker there - advanced to the general election in retiring GOP Rep. Ed Royce's 39th District. Republicans nominated state Assemblyman Jay Webber.

In Iowa, a state that has never elected a woman to the House, Democrats Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne finished ahead of male challengers in two Republican-held districts considered competitive this fall.

California's outcomes still weren't settled Wednesday, because the state allows mail-in ballots to be postmarked through primary day and counted in the days after. That's because Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a third term Democrat in a district won by President Donald Trump, announced that he would run to replace former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned last month following allegations of sexual abuse.

What that all means for Cox: even if he manages to get into the runoff, he would be a longshot against a Democrat in November. Still, the threat of a shutout remained in two other districts, potentially denying Democrats a chance to knock off vulnerable Republican incumbents Dana Rohrabacher and Jeff Denham.

The Democratic party establishment, which intervened in a number of elections to back candidates, often came under heavy criticism for trying to stack the deck. Rep. Martha Roby led her GOP competitors but fell shy of a required majority. Former Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright switched parties to try to even the score.

Nationwide, Democrats must clinch at least 23 seats from Republicans to wrest control of the House of Representatives.

If Roby were to lose the runoff, she would be the second House Republican defeated in a 2018 primary. Lieu tweeted. "And in those targeted districts, our Democratic nominees match up extremely well against the GOP nominees".

California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox won a chance to face Democrat Gavin Newsom in November.

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