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Reynolds is Iowa's first female governor.

Rohrabacher was facing rivals from both parties, including from former Orange County Republican Party leader Scott Baugh.

Eight states are holding primary elections today, making it the biggest primary night of 2018 so far. 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.

There was less Democratic talk of a November "blue wave" on Wednesday. But that seemed to be more of a typical presidential boast than a realistic analysis of the California results.

In California, Democrats are hopeful they've avoided the potential nightmare of being locked out of winnable House races due to the state's unique primary system that allows the top two candidates of any party to advance.

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.

From latest data available, at least 117 women are running for office in the 2018 primaries.

In competitive House districts in Iowa, Democrats nominated Abby Finkenauer to take on Republican Rod Blum, and Cindy Axne to challenge David Young.

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"The "top two" primary forces people to develop these complicated strategies that in another state would seem extremely odd", Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, told KABC. But Trump saw the night as a repudiation of "Fake News". Even Fake News CNN said the Trump impact was really big, much bigger than they ever thought possible.

"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. "Remember, Dems are High Tax, High Crime, easy to beat!" She would be the first Latina Democratic governor in US history. Democratic incumbents, including California's Senator Dianne Feinstein, fared well, fending off challenges from the left. More than 110 of those women have won their races, 30 of them in California alone. But its handful of competitive House races - more than a half dozen Republican-held seats may be in playa - 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.

Democrats must flip 24 Republican seats to win a House majority. That appears likely to be averted as Democrat Harley Rouda led Democrat Hans Keirstead by just 73 votes for the second slot with all precincts reporting; Republican Scott Baugh was more than 1,000 votes behind. It wasn't a coincidence, however, that no such candidate existed, since the New Jersey Democratic Party has a long history of clearing the field for its preferred nominee.

In Alabama, four-term Republican Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a runoff election next month after failing to win 50 percent of her party's vote.

Newsom, the state's lieutenant-governor and former mayor of San Francisco, had said during the primary he preferred a Republican opponent in the fall.

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". Voters in Alabama, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota also cast ballots in the biggest round of voting in the 2018 primary season, covering nearly a fifth of all U.S. House districts. Bob Menendez, a Democrat who faced federal bribery charges previous year. 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 Tuesday and will face Menendez this fall.

National Democrats have spent more than $7 million trying to curb and fix the damage inflicted by Democrats attacking each other in districts opened by retiring Republican Reps. In a San Diego-area district where Darrell Issa is stepping down, Democrat Mike Levin is slated to take on Republican Diane Harkey.

But for the second straight election, Republicans could not get a candidate through to the general election for the Senate. The second spot remained up for grabs. By securing a Republican candidate in the governor's race, Republicans have ensured a significant voting block will turn out to vote for House seats as well. Nunes is a polarising figure in national politics given his support for Trump in one of the many investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He and Travis Allen both aligned with Trump - Allen repeatedly noted Cox voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in the 2016 presidential election; Cox said he regrets the choice.

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