Democrats gain spots to battle for crucial House seats

Nearly 100,000 cast early votes in New Mexico

Nearly 100,000 cast early votes in New Mexico

Primaries in eight states bolstered Democrats' hopes for a "blue wave" in November, but President Donald Trump put his own spin on the races, declaring Wednesday "the Trump impact" had delivered a "great night" for Republicans.

With fears that California's top-two primary system would leave Democrats out of the general election in some competitive House districts, the party and allied groups spent millions on advertising and voter outreach just to nudge their candidates into second place on Tuesday.

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.

Democrats have recruited candidates to run in state districts where Republican incumbents haven't faced challengers in years. Yet the winners and losers in California's most competitive races could take days to sort out given the state's unique election laws. But there are differences in how the two candidates plan reduce the cost of living.

In California, national Democrats spent more than US$7 million trying to fix the damage inflicted by Democrats attacking each other in districts where seats have opened because Republican Representatives Ed Royce and Darrell Issa are retiring, as well as in the district where Republican Dana Rohrabacher faces challenges from the left and the right. David Young will face Democrat Cindy Axne, who won 58 percent of her party's vote. It was still unclear whether a Republican would earn enough votes to oppose her on California's November ballot.

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In the senate race in MS, incumbent Republican Roger Wicker is poised to win another term after winning more than 80 percent of party support.

The dynamic followed a trend from recent primaries in other states, indicating that while Trump is enjoying unwavering sway in the Republican party and among conservative voters, his controversial policies are sparking a strong backlash from Democratic voters and independents.

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Harley Rouda, a real estate executive and first-time congressional candidate with the support of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, looked poised to challenge Rohrabacher based on state election data. In New Mexico's first Congressional district, Democrats nominated Deb Haaland to replace Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

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. In another, Issa's district, Republican Diane Harkey was leading in early returns, as two Democrats vied for the second slot.

The 10th District, won by a Republican but voted for Hillary in 2016, won a combined total of 52 percent of the vote. Splitting of the Democratic vote could have led to two Republicans running in the general election.

The number of those who say they "strongly approve" of Trump has improved as well, moving from 22 percent to 26 percent. Since Trump first took office early a year ago, Newsom has dedicated his work to counteracting Trump's policies on everything from immigration to legal weed, running his campaign under the purposely antagonistic tagline, "Resistance With Results".

While the runner-up has not been declared, it is widely expected to be Kevin de Leon, who said he expected as much on Wednesday morning.

Slim majorities of California likely voters also say they would vote for the Democratic candidate over the Republican candidate in their House district races in both the March PPIC survey (53% to 39%) and in the May PPIC survey (52% to 38%). After these results, Democrats realistically are targeting a half-dozen Republican-held seats in California.

The governor's race was one of many drawing attention to California.

The older the voter, the more enthusiastic they are about voting in the upcoming midterm elections.

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