California lawmaker recall sets up fall gas tax battle

The women's march which followed Mr Trump's election

However, Republicans did avoid a potential lockout in the governor's race after President Donald Trump weighed in. That doesn't guarantee success in November; it just means that to the extent the party does succeed, it will do so as a party - and it will likely govern as a party, should it get the opportunity.

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

There was less Democratic talk of a November "blue wave" on Wednesday.

The outstanding question, on a national level, is whether the state's heavily anti-Trump electorate is energized enough to help fuel a "blue wave" that sweeps Republicans out of the House majority. But that seemed to be more of a typical presidential boast than a realistic analysis of the California results. "Gavin Newsom and the Democrats are responsible for the ills". Such a candidate would at least have made for a heck of race.

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez won a spot on the ballot with slim margins for an incumbent senator (62% to 40%) after barely escaping bribery charges a year ago over hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts he received from an eye doctor now convicted of fraud.

Voters in seven other states went to the polls Tuesday. But so far neither party appears to have suffered any major setbacks. But Trump saw the night as a repudiation of "Fake News".

"A lot of them are running in pretty competitive primaries but in districts that are ultimately not going to be that competitive in the general election", said Jennifer Lawless, the director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University in Washington, D.C. "Remember, Dems are High Tax, High Crime, easy to beat!"

"We've gotten great support from the Jewish community and I'm really proud of that", Levin told the Forward Wednesday afternoon, after getting just two hours of sleep on election night. In the battle for U.S. Senate, Dianne Feinstein, one of the party's highest-ranking senators, will likely face fellow Democrat Kevin De Leon, a former California state senate leader.

Republican John Cox, with 26% of the vote, defeated former LA Mayor Villaraigosa to advance to the finals in November. And the winners and losers in California's most competitive races could take days to sort out given the state's unique election laws. If the Democrats are going to take back the House, which now appears unlikely, it will be in swing states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and NY. Meanwhile, in Alabama, Republican Congresswoman Martha Roby was forced into a runoff to save her seat, after she took political heat for refusing to endorse President Trump when the "Access Hollywood" tape surfaced, saying, "I can not look my children in the eye and justify a vote for a man who promotes and boasts about sexually assaulting women". Her opponent will be Bobby Bright, a one-time Democratic congressman, who ran ads accusing Roby of turning "her back on President Trump when he needed her the most".

Heartbroken Garbine Muguruza: 'You train so hard to reach a Major final'
When play was suspended on Wednesday, Nadal was trying to even his match with Diego Schwartzman at one set with a 5-3 lead. Halep has now defeated Muguruza in both their meetings on clay and will also retain the world number one ranking next week.


For the first time in a decade, more Democrats than Republicans have registered to run in Texas legislative races this year-bolstering speculation that the deep red state could be turning purple.

If Grisham wins, she would be the state's second Latino state executive.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey fended off three Republican challengers, while South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem, another Republican, became her party's first female nominee for South Dakota governor.

In Iowa, 28-year-old Democratic state Rep. Abby Finkenauer was trying to become the youngest woman to serve in Congress.

Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of MS, won his primary contest as did Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey.

The other two measures give tax breaks to homeowners who install rain capture devices and delay the effective start date for ballot measures by about six weeks.

Menendez's opponent in November will be Republican businessman Bob Hugin, who won 75 percent in his primary.

But Republicans failed to make it into the November race for U.S. Senate (which was largely expected), lieutenant governor (not quite as expected) and insurance commissioner (though a former Republican with no current party affiliation came in first).

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