"I don't think there will be a blue wave at all", registered Republican Keith Smith, 66, said outside a Solana Beach polling place where he voted for Cox.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised Republican candidates for their success in California's primary election Tuesday night and predicted there "may be a big red wave" come November.
"We have 7,000 candidates vying for governor and so the top two primary system means you end up voting for people who you think can win not who you believe in", he said.
"The stakes have never been higher", Newsom said, touting the state as a place were "we don't criminalize diversity, we celebrate diversity".
Newson may hope to drive Democratic turnout by focusing on Trump. Braley's First Congressional District, which he had held since 2006 fell to a very conservative Republican, Rod Blum.
Democrats must wrestle at least 23 seats from Republican hands to seize control of the House for the second half of Trump's first term.
On the other hand, "the Republicans are really kind of in a desperate strait in California", said Spivak, a senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College in NY.
Voters in seven other states went to the polls as well.
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Any successful political reform - unlike the top two horror show - needs to be built on our partisan realities. Currently, two Democrats are separated by just 73 votes out of 105,000 total cast.
Way down the ballot, voters in a state senate district that slices through parts of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties were asked to vote on whether to recall their state senator, Josh Newman, a Democrat. There are four districts in particular that they were targeting, and in all of them Democrats advanced candidates whom national Democrats see as the strongest candidates. That's money that Democrats would have preferred to save for this fall. Cox finished second, putting to rest Republican fears that no one from their party would appear on the November ballot for the state's top office.
California gubernatorial candidate John Cox on his campaign for California governor and his agenda if elected. Democratic incumbents, including California's Sen.
There is another kind of drama playing out in other states. The jury deadlocked, but Republicans hope to use Menendez's legal troubles to tar other Democrats like Sherrill across the state.
Meanwhile, Republicans are looking at Montana as a chance to take away a Democrat seat in the US Senate.
One America's Chloe Salsameda has more. And in South Dakota, the moderate Republican Dusty Johnson, a former chief of staff to Gov. Dennis Daugaard, won the Republican nomination for the at-large U.S. House seat; he'll probably avoid putting the seat at risk against Democrat Tim Bjorkman, whereas a further-right nominee might have made things more interesting.
Democrats have aimed their most aggressive attacks at Rosendale, seizing on his background in Maryland and questions about his experience as a rancher.
Nationwide, Tuesday night was a big night for women, as female candidates for governor advanced, including Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico and Republican Kristi Noem in South Dakota.
That's certainly the case for vulnerable Alabama Rep. Martha Roby, a Republican who faces a hard primary challenge after becoming the first to withdraw her endorsement of Trump in 2016. She said she isn't a member of a political party, but she voted Democratic on Tuesday. Roby's top challenger is the man she beat to win the seat in 2010, former Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright, who switched parties to try to even the score.
She would be the first Latina Democratic governor in USA history. The race has drawn considerable attention from outside the state.