Key takeaways from California's primary election

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

Republican John Cox stands little chance of becoming California's next governor, but he will square off against Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom Nov. 6.

The deep blue state enjoys a system that selects the top two qualifiers for the general election ballot by most votes garnered.

Both parties were touting a good night in California a day after the so-called "jungle primaries", where Republicans and Democrats were able to advance candidates to the general election in several key districts.

Trump tweeted early Tuesday urging Republicans to head to the polls.

Meanwhile, Democrats are attempting to nationalize every race and hoping all the Californians who voted against President Trump will turn out and vote for Democrats up and down the ballot to make his life miserable. "We'll have a good debate about which way this state should go".

Given the state's unique election laws it will take days to sort out its competitive races and determine winners.

That said, Republicans showed more strength than expected, given that in 2016 Trump had lost to Hillary Clinton in all of the districts on the target list, and it may still be hard for Democrats to make big congressional gains in California.

This will continue the long pattern of Southern California politicians hitting their career ceiling when they get into leadership within the state Legislature.

Meanwhile, the Democratic candidates who had the lion's share of endorsements from party officials finished first in the primaries for US senator and governor in California. Female Republican governors in Alabama and Iowa will vie for their first full terms in November after succeeding men who resigned. "Republicans feel that way in California about a liberal state that's getting crazier and more liberal".

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If Democrats pick up only a seat or two - or even gain nothing - in the state and thus fail to win back the House, it would be a huge setback for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's hopes of becoming speaker again and could lead to her ouster as the top Democrat in the House.

Much of Tuesday's drama focused on women, including the former federal prosecutor and Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill, who bested a field of rivals in New Jersey for the Democratic nomination to replace the retiring Republican Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen. The favorite of Washington Democrats will take on GOP Assemblyman Jay Webber in one of several New Jersey races Democrats view as possible pickups. To win a ranked-choice election, a candidate needs 50 percent of the vote plus one.

According to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, however, while six in 10 Americans are now satisfied with the economy, and a plurality credit Donald Trump for it, most voters surveyed prefer candidates who promise to be a check on the president.

Representative Martha Roby of Alabama withdrew her endorsement of Trump weeks before the election, following the Access Hollywood Tape. But with six Democrats in the race, the vote was significantly split. In a seat that heavily favors Democrats, Haaland could be the first Native American woman elected to Congress.

Menendez's opponent in November will be Republican businessman Bob Hugin, who won 75 percent in his primary. While Party Republicans generally back the president's positions on immigration and a border wall, those aren't the issues most on their mind.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won seven GOP-held districts in the 2016 election with the help of those kinds of voters, but they don't tend to show up in the same numbers in midterm elections, when there's no president at the top of the ticket.

In the suburban Los Angeles-area 39th district, left vacant by the retirement of Republican Ed Royce, Democrats struggled to wrangle an unwieldy list of candidates.

A key Senate race took shape in the heart of Trump country as well. And for the second consecutive election, there will be no Republican on the U.S. Senate ballot in the fall, after Sen.

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

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