Mike Levin: Jewish Vote Key To California Election

Mike Levin: Jewish Vote Key To California Election

Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern, a Republican, finished third in the race, but actually won more precincts than Gomez.

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).

Way down the ballot, voters in a state senate district that slices through parts of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties were asked to vote on whether to recall their state senator, Josh Newman, a Democrat.

With polls closed in eight states across the country, the biggest primary of the 2018 election ended with a surprise in Alabama and fresh signs of a banner year for female candidates. Dianne Feinstein, fared well, fending off challenges from the left. But so far neither party appears to have suffered any major setbacks.

Late on Wednesdaty, CNN reported that it could take days before the results in California's primary election are known because in Los Angeles County, "the names of 118,522 voters were left off the voter roster because of a random printing error".

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.

Also in New Mexico, former state Democratic Party chairwoman Debra Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo tribal member, won her primary and could become the first Native American woman in Congress if she wins this fall. With state officials still processing votes by mail - an increasing proportion of the California's ballots - the picture remains hazy.

Republicans held their own in some key contests, including securing a spot on the November ballot in a California district that Clinton won by 15 points.

In Alabama, four-term Republican Republican Martha Roby was forced into a run-off election next month after failing to win 50 per cent of her party's vote.

A record number of women have filed to run for Congress in the first midterm election since President Donald Trump's 2016 victory, with some saying they are motivated by criticisms of his treatment of women and by the ongoing #MeToo movement that has targeted sexual misconduct.

On the GOP side, Rep. Kristi Noem won the Republican primary in South Dakota, where she could become that state's first female governor if she beats Democratic state Sen.

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

Democrats appear to have advanced candidates in several key Congressional battleground primaries, but came away disappointed in their hopes for a blue wave of anti-Trump voter sentiment.

Incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez, who had total support of the party infrastructure in New Jersey got just 62 percent of the vote in a race with a virtual unknown Lisa McCormick.

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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.

To the misfortune of Democrats in this, the year of the Trump, their loaded scheme didn't work out.

Like every 2018 primary election before, California's vote on Tuesday is now being interpreted as a barometer of the Trump Resistance.

Yet frightening scenarios existed for both parties. On occasion, this leads to races in which two candidates from the same party face off on Election Day.

National Democrats spent more than $7 million trying to curb and fix the damage inflicted by Democrats attacking each other in districts opened by retiring Republican Reps. Darrell Issa is retiring; so is Ed Royce.

Levin said he was also happy Democrats did not get locked out of other close contests. He outlasted challenges by two fellow Democrats - 29-year-old Sara Jacobs, who conducted foreign affairs work during the Obama Administration, and retired Marine Col. Doug Applegate, who almost defeated Issa in 2016. He notched about 30 percent in a large field, though the second-place finisher remained unclear.

And in Central California, the House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican, qualified for the general election ballot as well.

And it's looking bad for Trump-supporting Republican politicians.

An effort to give state Republicans some say over cap-and-trade money failed.

"Democrats are more enthusiastic about the upcoming midterms, with 63 percent of them registering either a "9" or "10" on a 10-point scale of interest, while just 47 percent of Republicans signal the same level of enthusiasm".

It was a district Trump won in 2016.

The President "touches my heart", she said.

In the early 2000s he ran unsuccessfully for a string of offices in IL - U.S. House, twice for the U.S. Senate, and Cook County Recorder of Deeds, a job he wanted to see eliminated.

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