Female Democratic nominees are motivated by more than anti-Trump animus

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California Democrats overcame quirks in the state's electoral system and managed to mount challenges to Republicans in most key Congressional races, as voters in eight US states chose candidates for November's midterm elections.

JCN's poll comes as other surveys have been finding that voters are positive about the economy but don't overwhelmingly support the tax law - Republicans' signature legislative accomplishment since President TrumpDonald John TrumpSix takeaways from 2018's Super Tuesday Dem Andrew Janz advances in bid to unseat Nunes Montana GOP candidate Rosendale to take on Tester in November MORE took office. CNBC reports that the number of registered Republicans has sunk from 36 per cent in 1997 to around 25 per cent. Democrats constitute about 45 per cent of the state's total registered voters.

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/NewscomThese days, it's accepted wisdom that-after 20 years of political and demographic changes-California is a one-party state and that Republicans can do well only in a narrowing group of legislative and local races.

The state's handful of competitive House races - more than a half-dozen Republican-held seats may be in play - have made it hotly contested territory in the fight over control of the House, drawing big money and the spotlight on the biggest primary night of midterms. Incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein led with 44 percent of the vote, and state Sen. NY has one of the most convoluted election systems in the country, part of which entails holding primaries for federal and state offices on separate days.

As it turns out, Democrats and Republicans, in most cases, were able to survive the jungle (meaning the top two finishers in each race advance, no matter the party affiliation).

The senate race in New Mexico brought arguably the least drama, as both party's candidate ran unopposed in the primaries. And that means their solid chances of retaking the House majority in the fall remain very much intact.

In Alabama, Representative Martha Roby is risking losing her seat after receiving 39 percent of the votes.

Now, California is among the most Democratic states in the country. The California Republican Party later evicted Little from the party convention; party officials did not release an endorsement in the U.S. Senate race.

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Numerous women who won nomination Tuesday are in races that Democrats are expected to win, but they have the potential to bring ideas to the table that previous liberal candidates have not prioritized because of gender, race or other reasons. 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.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey fended off three GOP challengers, while South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem became the first female nominee for governor in her state.

Despite all the remarks from Republicans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Democrats did well on Tuesday night.

I will keep reporting on election patterns as they unfold, but as of now, I feel pretty good about my assertion that we are more likely to see a red wave than a blue wave on Election Day Nov. 6.

There were other glimmers of hope, even though all but one statewide race was topped by a Democrat. Rohrabacher will face a to-be-determined Democrat in the November general election. Republicans view business executive John Cox as their best shot to make November a traditional two-party matchup.

But that appears to have been offset by the Democratic results so far. "We anticipate really strong support in the general election as well".

Diane Feinstein is reportedly leading the Senate race.

BEN NORTON: With the results in, however, it appears those fears were exaggerated, and it looks like numerous key races pit a Democratic against a Republican.

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