Could California Shape The Fate Of The Affordable Care Act In November?

Saturday, 09 Jun, 2018

He'll face off against Republican businessman John Cox, who is backed by President Trump, in November's gubernatorial race in California. But Republicans avoided a lockout in the governor's race.

Dozens of women on Tuesday won congressional and gubernatorial nominations as voters in eight US states chose candidates ahead of November's elections, including several who notched firsts in a year boasting a historic number of female contenders. Dianne Feinstein will be pitted against state Sen. Yet the winners and losers in California's most competitive races could take days to sort out given the state's unique election laws.

Because of California's unusual primary system, Trump's party faces the embarrassing prospect of not qualifying any candidate for the governor's race or the U.S. Senate.

The senate race in New Mexico brought arguably the least drama, as both party's candidate ran unopposed in the primaries.

A Democrat-controlled House would likely stall much of Trump's policy agenda and could lend strength to any potential effort to impeach Trump if Democrats decide grounds exist, either by virtue of the ongoing probe into Russian election interference by special counsel Robert Mueller or other reasons. The measure would have required a one-time, two-thirds majority vote in the Legislature on how program money is spent, which could have given Republicans a greater say in the process.

Incumbent Republican Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a runoff, getting just 39 percent of the vote. Democrats feel that way in a country led by Donald Trump. The California Republican Party later evicted Little from the party convention; party officials did not release an endorsement in the U.S. Senate race. And as Democratic support among white voters - especially evangelicals, and especially non-college-educated people - has gradually eroded, it has gradually made Iowa more hospitable to Republicans, who won a very big midterm victory in the state in 2014. The candidate receiving the fewest votes after the first round of counting is eliminated and his or her votes are redistributed to the voter's second preference. In South Dakota, Republican Kristi Noem became the first female nominee for governor in state history.

Much of Tuesday's drama focused on women, including former federal prosecutor and Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill, who bested a field of Democratic rivals to replace retiring New Jersey Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. Jerry Brown did in 2014, said Democratic strategist Garry South, that could deal a deadly blow to the Trump resistance-fueled "blue wave" that Democrats nationwide are hoping will help the party regain control of Congress in the midterm elections this November.

Democrats also hope to capture two other Republican-held seats in the state. And he's facing a well-funded Republican this fall, former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, who coasted in the GOP primary.

Long-term Republican incumbents Frank LoBiondo in the 2nd District and Rodney Frelinghyusen in the 11th both served 24 years each in the House before deciding to not to run for re-election, making those seats attainable for Democrats for the first time in years.

Democrats captured second place in the races to replace outgoing GOP Reps.

Gavin Newsom speaks at his election night party as his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, watches in the background at Verso in San Francisco, California on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

And to the north, House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican, qualified for the general election ballot as well. Representative Nunes is a polarising figure in national politics given his support for Trump in the House investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

If the final tally puts him ahead of them, it could set up a general election fight between Rohrabacher and his fellow Republican, ending Democrats' chances to take that seat.