Trump invokes ‘red wave’ as both parties see success in midterm primaries

Trump invokes ‘red wave’ as both parties see success in midterm primaries

Kerry Wise
June 7, 2018

Voters cast ballots in eight U.S. states for key primary elections on Tuesday, with all eyes on California, where the outcome could swing the balance of power in Congress. Democrats in the country's most populous state are battling to ensure they come out on top in several congressional districts that voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Indeed, the morning after the vote, Newsom replied to a congratulatory tweet from Trump to Cox with a snarky plea to the president: "Please come campaign for him as much as possible". So much for the big Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave. Newsom has remained in the state and national spotlight ever since, and after a brief run for governor in the 2010 election he dropped out in favor of a bid for lieutenant governor when it was clear that Jerry Brown was pulling away with the race. Keep in mind, for instance, that there is now a Democratic senator from Alabama because the state's Republican Party could not figure out how to prevent its voters from backing an accused child molester, Roy Moore.

Eastin, the former state schools chief, sought to draw liberal voters with her calls for single-payer health care and expanded rent control. But so far neither party appears to have suffered any major setbacks.

The idea was that by opening up primaries to all voters, regardless of party, a flood of new centrist voters would arrive.

"Many more Republican voters showed up yesterday than the Fake News thought possible", Trump tweeted.

"They're all going to have Democrats running (in the general election), which is better than they expected", Michael Cohen, director of the Political Management Program at George Washington University, told AFP.

He narrowly won his traditionally Republican Orange County-based seat two years ago and voted for $5 billion a year in higher fuel and transportation taxes.

Results from Tuesday's elections are in. Female Republican governors in Alabama and Iowa will try for their first full terms after succeeding men who resigned. Dianne Feinstein because "she's got the connections and the power".

One America's Chloe Salsameda has more.

The survey comes after the biggest midterm primary night of 2018, which included races for 85 congressional districts.

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Democrats must flip 24 Republican seats to win a House majority. I think most people say, 'If Donald Trump can run for president and win, clearly I can run too, because I have something to offer.' I think people see an opening and an opportunity.

Roby was the first member of Congress to withdraw her endorsement of the Republican president in 2016 after he was caught on video bragging about grabbing women's genitals.

In a record-setting year for female candidates across the country, Michelle Lujan Grisham won the Democratic nomination for New Mexico governor.

Another congresswoman, South Dakota's Kristi Noem, won her state's Republican gubernatorial primary.

Haaland said in her primary victory statement: "Donald Trump and the billionaire class should consider this victory a warning shot: the blue wave is coming".

She would be the first Latina Democratic governor in USA history. The GOP struggled to recruit top-tier candidates, leaving the most likely nominees as State Auditor Matt Rosendale or retired judge Russ Fagg.

Haaland's candidacy also puts her on track to be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress. In New Jersey, incumbent senator Bob Menendez was re-nominated, but an obscure Democratic candidate who raised nearly no money and who had never held elected office, Lisa McCormick, received 38 percent of the vote.

The Democrat who faced a surprisingly close race Tuesday was Sen. The jury deadlocked, but Republicans hope to use Menendez's legal troubles to tar other Democrats like Sherrill across the state.

Republican businessman Bob Hugin claimed the Republican nomination to face Menendez this fall. The fact that voters rebuked the Republican in this race could be a bad sign for Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is seeking to oust vulnerable Democratic Sen.