Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

GOP seeks to avoid shutout in race for California governor

GOP seeks to avoid shutout in race for California governor

The intrigue in the race to replace departing California Gov.

Voters cast ballots in eight USA states for key primary elections on Tuesday, with all eyes on California, where the outcome could swing the balance of power in Congress. Democrats in the country's most populous state are battling to ensure they come out on top in several congressional districts that voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats made history in New Mexico, where Deb Haaland, a member of the Pueblo de Laguna tribe who won her primary in a liberal district, is poised to become the first ever Native American congresswoman.

Trump also tweeted about voter turnout in California's jungle primary races, saying, "more Republican voters showed up yesterday than the Fake News thought possible".

Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker won his primary contest as did New Jersey Sen.

Democrats' pathway to control of the U.S. House looks certain to have to run through New Jersey, with at least two seats up for grabs.

Voters in seven other states went to the polls Tuesday. We compared them with the positions of the average voter in each district. 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.

No state offers Democrats more opportunities to gain House seats this fall than California, where more than a half dozen Republican-held seats may be in play. Incumbent Dianne Feinstein is safe in the Senate, but key House districts are too close to call as of this writing.

He said he voted because, "it's my duty". "I don't imagine a lot of the Republicans in those swing districts are looking forward to him coming there, but they're Republicans and maybe they want to defend their president, I don't know". "I think it'd be very good for the down-ballot races as well".

Cox admits he did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016, and his support for numerous president's policies has been tepid throughout the campaign, but received the president's endorsement via Twitter in May.

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. The Republican nomination of Donald Trump, despite his tepid support from Republican elected officials and his frequent breaks from Republican orthodoxy, defied the scholarly consensus about how "party elites" are supposed to have sway over their voters. Then getting the attention of voters is always hard, especially for down-party races.

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.

Cox will face Democrat and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a gay rights crusader who kicked off a nationwide push for gay marriage when he was mayor of San Francisco. Meantime, former Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, seen as a major threat to Newsom when the campaign started, has tailed off.

The state allows absentee ballots to be mailed through primary election day, meaning it'll likely be days before the final votes are counted.

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.

Haaland is also one of the 2018 candidates supporting the defunding ICE: "It is time to pull our tax dollars from an agency whose policies demean and abuse people".

Because of California's unusual primary system, all candidates appear on a single primary ballot, with the top two vote-getters regardless of party advancing to the November election.

But for the second straight election, Republicans could not get a candidate through to the general election for the Senate.

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

Like this: