California primaries take prime billing as voters in eight states head to polls
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. –  The Democratic Party&rsquos ambitious midterm program to regain control of the Property of Representatives faces its biggest test but in Tuesday&rsquos California primaries &ndash where candidates are tripping more than each other for the opportunity to flip Republican-held districts.
The big question facing the celebration, however, is whether their candidates&rsquo enthusiasm could backfire. So numerous Democratic contenders have jumped into important races &ndash largely running on an anti-Trump platform &ndash that the overload threatens to split the vote and enhance Republicans.
But the state nevertheless delivers Democrats a wealth of possibilities to swipe seats. California’s Property races, meanwhile, are just a fraction of the action taking place on Tuesday, the largest main day so far this cycle. With eight states voting, an array of contests will reveal how each party is trending as the midterms near.
California&rsquos &ldquojungle major&rdquo is set up to advance the best-two finishers to the common election regardless of celebration. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a liberal Democrat, is the clear front-runner in the gubernatorial race, according to current polls. But the fight for the second spot on the ballot is becoming fought amongst a handful of hopefuls &ndash notably former Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Republican businessman John Cox, who seems to be surging after an endorsement from President Trump.
Republican candidates are lining up to challenge Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who represents a state President Trump very easily won in 2016. Among the GOP challengers in Tuesday&rsquos principal: state auditor Matt Rosendale, Judge Russ Fagg, state Sen. Albert Olszewski and combat veteran Troy Downing. Fox News&rsquo Power Rankings rate the Montana race as a single of eight Senate toss-ups this year.
Longtime incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., remains the front-runner in the state&rsquos Senate race despite her failure to secure the California Democratic Party&rsquos endorsement in February. The fight for the second spot on the ballot is amongst the far more liberal Democratic state Sen. Kevin de Leon and Republican James P. Bradley, amongst other folks.
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Democrats are hoping to turn New Mexico blue in this year&rsquos gubernatorial race. Susana Martinez, the existing GOP governor, is term-restricted. For the Democrats, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, state Sen. Joseph Cervantes and entrepreneur Jeff Apodaca are contending for their celebration&rsquos nomination. For Republicans, Rep. Steve Pearce is operating unopposed.
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But the most consequential races Tuesday are the Residence battles playing out in California, with manage of Congress at stake.
Democrats need to flip 23 GOP-held seats to wrest the Home majority from Republicans this fall, and the celebration is targeting ten districts in the Golden State alone.
That&rsquos why Tuesday is so essential.
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Among the targeted Republican seats is a single held by Republican Rep. Mimi Walters.
No Democrat has ever represented Walters&rsquo 45th District in Orange County, but 4 Democratic candidates are competing for a likelihood to challenge her in November.
Walters dinged Home Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for the surge of would-be challengers.
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&ldquoThis is actually her only opportunity to flip the Property,&rdquo Walters mentioned. &ldquoSo she&rsquos taking on members like myself who generally she wouldn&rsquot in the previous.&rdquo
Kia Hamadanchy, a single of the hopefuls attempting to capitalize on what he calls the &ldquoObama coalition&rdquo of young voters and immigrants, argued that a &ldquoprogressive message&rdquo is the path to victory.
'It doesn&rsquot appear like there&rsquos a blue wave. It&rsquos turning into a bit of a blue trickle.'
Hamadanchy joins Democrats Katie Porter, Dave Min and Brian Forde on the ballot Tuesday, and hopes that highlighting Walters&rsquo vote in favor of the GOP-engineered tax reform bill will resonate.
&ldquoOne factor they inform you as a Republican in Orange County is never ever raise taxes, and one particular of the factors she&rsquos accomplished is voted to raise taxes on all her constituents,&rdquo Hamadanchy stated.
Walters disputes any liability from her vote to reform the tax code. Republicans argue that the legislation largely resulted in tax cuts.
&ldquoI consider individuals in my district are really pleased with the tax reform package,&rdquo Walters said.
Republican lawmakers in Orange County, meanwhile, are hoping that Democrats crowd themselves out in some of Tuesday&rsquos races.
In the 48th district, for instance, which consists of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, Democrats face a potential scenario exactly where two Republicans &ndash and no Democrats &ndash advance to November.
The seat is at the moment represented by GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who&rsquos faced criticism more than Russia-friendly rhetoric. But if Democrats split the vote also many techniques on Tuesday, Republicans could grab the 1st and second ballot spots beneath the &ldquojungle main&rdquo system.
&ldquoWe&rsquove got eight men and women on the ballot,&rdquo mentioned Harley Rouda, a Democratic candidate hoping to challenge the longtime GOP incumbent. &ldquoThe problem is the jungle main in California, and what sounded like a fantastic concept, just the prime-two vote getters move forward, has turned into all sorts of gamesmanship.&rdquo
Rouda has the help of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is operating to warn voters about the possibility that they may not have any Democratic options in November.
&ldquoWhile the best-two issue certainly presents challenges for Democrats, it&rsquos genuinely critical that people get out and vote over the subsequent couple of days,&rdquo said Andrew Godinich, west regional press secretary for the DCCC.
Scott Baugh, a former state lawmaker, is the Republican hoping to snag that second slot and challenge Rohrabacher in November.
&ldquoIf I come in second &hellip the Republicans don&rsquot have to commit any funds to defend the seat, it&rsquos already a Republican seat,&rdquo he noted.
Baugh, who argues that Rohrabacher hasn&rsquot been productive adequate throughout many decades in Congress, believes that if Tuesday&rsquos primary leaves Democrats with no a candidate on the ballot, their national approach will suffer.
&ldquoIt doesn&rsquot appear like there&rsquos a blue wave,&rdquo Baugh said. &ldquoIt&rsquos turning into a bit of a blue trickle or a blue drought or anything.&rdquo
But over in California&rsquos 49th district, Democrats see another opportunity in the seat quickly to be vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Darrell Issa.
&ldquoEvery week for 67 weeks, rain or shine following Trump&rsquos inauguration, there were protesters that arrived outdoors Darrell Issa&rsquos office, hundreds at a time,&rdquo stated Democratic candidate Mike Levin. &ldquoAnd they represented each and every demographic, every age, all backgrounds in our neighborhood.&rdquo
Levin is banking on help from constituents frustrated by a lack of consideration to environmental problems.
&ldquoOur district has 52 miles of coastline from north to south, we care very deeply about clean air and clean water, clean beach, getting the nuclear waste off our coast. Darrell Issa has been our member of Congress for 17 years, he hasn&rsquot solved the dilemma,&rdquo Levin said.
One particular top Republican is countering arguments like that with a platform that closely mirrors the Trump agenda.
&ldquoTaxes are large,&rdquo mentioned candidate Diane Harkey, hoping to assist the party hold the Issa seat. &ldquoSo is the sanctuary state, the catch-and-release programs — I mean almost everything that&rsquos occurred out of Sacramento is hitting this state truly difficult, and regrettably all the Democrats are offering is &lsquoresist.&rsquo&rdquo
Published at Mon, 04 Jun 2018 23:00:00 +0000