President Trump Congratulates John Cox, GOP Primary Winners in Calif.

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Trump called Tuesday a great night for Republicans, boasting that his impact was "much bigger than they ever thought possible", and that political pundits "just don't get" what is going on outside Washington.

California's next governor will inherit a state with a $9 billion budget surplus, and a state legislature committed to protecting liberal positions the Trump administration has been working to roll back.

This wasn't misplaced hype; Tuesday was a real challenge for Democrats.

Trump has expressed a willingness to campaign for Republican candidates ahead of the midterms.

It was a tight race in California's 48th district.

Much of the day's drama focused on women, who fought to make history in some cases and to avoid disaster in others.

And in New Mexico, former state Democratic Party Chairwoman Debra Haaland, a tribal member of Laguna Pueblo, won her primary and could become the first Native American woman in Congress if she wins this fall. Additionally, the Republican who stepped down from the seat earlier this year won reelection in 2016 by over 20 percentage points.

Democrats must wrestle at least 23 seats from Republican hands to seize control of the House for the second half of Trump's first term.

Now that Mr. Newsom is the presumed favorite to move into the governor's mansion come January, it is unclear whether he will continue to push for universal health care.

It means that Sen. Dianne Feinstein because "she's got the connections and the power".

She will face former Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright in Alabama's conservative 2nd district - where Trump loyalty has been a central issue. There are four districts in particular that they were targeting, and in all of them Democrats advanced candidates whom national Democrats see as the strongest candidates.

Matt Fleming, a spokesman for the California Republican Party, noted that it's been a decade since the last such California effort failed to unseat Republican state senator and now U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham.

President Trump is giving a round of applause to GOP nominees who were able to advance out of California's jungle primary. But so far, with the exception of Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, Democrats are putting forward candidates who match the districts they're running in.

Before the reform, independents could vote in a party primary only if the party allowed it. Democrats did, Republicans didn't, and very few independents turned out in primaries.

Republican businessman Bob Hugin claimed the Republican nomination to face Menendez this fall.

Democrat Gavin Newsom won Tuesday's primary in the race for California governor and Republican John Cox finished in a strong second place, ensuring Republicans won't be shut out of the race to replace retiring Gov.

It was a different story in MS, where 66-year-old Gladys Cruz wasn't sure which Republican she would support in the state's Senate primary, but she wanted whoever won to firmly support Trump. "They want the country to be headed in the right direction". That could be evidence of a continuation of a political reformation in the United States. And Republicans are targeting similar Democratic-held seats in Minnesota, too.

"So there's quite a bit of concern that this would backfire and that congressional districts that would elect a Democrat in the end would be given only the choice of Republicans". One GOP incumbent has already lost a primary and others have been denied promotions for the nomination to the Senate or for governor in Indiana, West Virginia and Idaho.

At the same time, GOP Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a runoff in Alabama after speaking out against President Trump. She made the decision after the release of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump bragged about grabbing women's genitals.

It was a long way down to Rosendale for Republicans.

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.

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