Democrats appear to avoid lockouts in California primaries

Democrats appear to avoid lockouts in California primaries

US President Donald Trump cast the night as a win for Republicans.

But the party's prospects for November are still dicey. He underperformed in his Democratic primary, finishing with just 62 percent of the vote. They're now outnumbered even by independents. "The [gas tax] initiative is going to be on the ballot in November and Democrats are going to have to defend raising the gasoline tax while Republicans say they want to repeal it".

In Montana, Democrat Kathleen Williams beat two men with much deeper campaign pockets to advance to a key November race against an incumbent House Republican.

Meanwhile, the broad outline of the party's message is taking shape.

There are now seven Republican lawmakers - from Rep. Jeff Denham in the northern San Joaquin Valley to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in Southern California - who occupy House seats in districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Deciding is hard (as we saw during the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest) in expanded, networked parties because there's nothing even remotely like a formal hierarchy.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey fended off three Republican challengers, while Representative Kristi Noem became the first female nominee for governor of South Dakota.

Democrats advanced candidates in several key congressional battlegrounds, but the results of Tuesday's primaries may dash the party's hopes of riding a blue wave of anti-Trump sentiment to retake the House of Representatives in midterm elections in the fall.

Democrats poured millions of dollars into battles in a handful of districts that voted Republicans into Congress but backed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Those districts could determine who runs the chamber.

The party avoided its worst-case scenario: Being shut out of several potentially competitive races because of California's unusual primary system, which advances the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, to the general election. But the interventions to pick and back likely winners appear to have worked.

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"We would have loved to have had a couple of all-Republican finals". In the 21st District with the same scenario as the 10th District, the Republican took 63 percent of the primary vote.

The polls open at 7 a.m. and voters should be ready to pore through a long list of candidates in the races for governor and senator. And he's facing a well-funded Republican this fall, former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, who coasted in the GOP primary.

We also got a good example in California of how holding the White House can help.

Only 5% of Party Republicans say immigration is the issue that will most decide their vote this November, compared with 22% of "Trump Republicans"-those who say they support Mr. Trump more than the party itself". He notched about 30 percent in a large field, though the second-place finisher remained unclear.

Cox blames state Democrats and his opponent Newsom for causing the high cost of living in California.

"All of the primaries that we're going to see between now and September are just as likely to be a reaction to Trump's presidency as the earlier ones", she said. No Republican has won a statewide race in since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, and Republican voters are continuing to decline in a state growing more Democratic.

The poll shows why Republicans are adopting another strategy to energize all GOP voters: Raising the prospect of Nancy Pelosi as House speaker. The party celebrated when Democratic state Sen.

Josh Newman is a state senator. But she isn't sure if he has a chance in the fall. The candidate receiving the fewest votes after the first round of counting is eliminated and his or her votes are redistributed to the voter's second preference.

Associated Press writers Kevin Freking in Washington and Amy Taxin in Huntington Beach, California, contributed.