The big blue wave rolled through California on Super Tuesday. Democrats accomplished their goal of placing in the top two spots in the seven vital districts for the 2018 November election. Yet, Republicans have seen some reason for encouragement.
Dems hope to flip as many seats as possible to take control of the House and possibly the Senate. Super Tuesday held the biggest elections in states around the country before the actual 2018 November elections, and it was the great predictor of things to come.
The way California works its voting is different from other states. People of all parties end up on the ballot. Then, the top two run against each other in the general election. That means two Republicans or two Democrats could actually fight it out.
So far, Democrats scored at least a second-place in every race they went after. Even though there are many outstanding ballots, because the state accepts ballots post-marked Tuesday, the blue party is confident about the results. Usually, late absentee ballots favor their party.
Both Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) have announced they are retiring. Democrats have a good chance of taking those seats. They are also going after Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Mimi Walters (R-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), and Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) seats.
One advantage is that Hillary Clinton took all of those districts in the 2016 president election. Yet, when Josh Harder (D-CA) went after Denham’s seat in Modesto, he held it by just 700 votes.
Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) seat and the governor’s seat are both open this fall. Fortunately, the senator will run against another Democrat.
Not so fortunately, a Republican endorsed by Donald Trump took one of the two top slots for the governorship. Luckily, he will be running in the state where Democrats have a two-to-one population over the GOP.
According to The Hill, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) commented:
‘You have to have a Republican talking about the issues. If you have nobody making the policy arguments, turnout would collapse. Now we’ve got a whole different conversation.’
Women came out strong in other states, too. Mikie Sherill (D-NJ) won and Abby Finkenauer (D-NJ), and Cindy Axne (D-NJ) will challenge two sitting Republican men.
According to the director of communications for EMILY’s List, Christina Reynolds, said women represent a “wide variety.” The group backs pro-abortion Democratic women. She said:
‘It’s a wide variety of women. We have women who have served in state legislatures, have worked in policy and things like water rights. We have women who are coming from other offices and first-time candidates. They have proven that if you understand the district and do the work in the district, you can win pretty handily.’
And in New Mexico, Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) and Debra Haaland (D-NM) topped the ballot to replace two retiring Republican representatives.
Representative Lauren Arthur (D-MO) won a slot for senator from near Kansas City, MO, even though Trump took it in 2016.
Katie Porter (D-CA) will run against Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA).
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