California, New Jersey voters set stage for US congressional elections

John Cox speaks during the California Republican Party convention in San Diego Calif

Gregory Bull APCalifornia gubernatorial candidate John Cox speaks during the California Republican Party convention in San Diego Calif

The state's so-called jungle primary system allows the two highest vote-getters to advance to the general election, regardless of party. But a fellow Democrat, Newsom, is the clear front-runner. The top two victors - whether two Democrats or two Republicans - run against each other in November. The party has targeted more than a dozen Republican-held seats in California and New Jersey alone.

The election is pivotal for Republicans looking to end their mounting struggles and gain a stronger foothold in the nation's largest state.

Two members of the U.S. House are abandoning those seats to run for governor, and that creates a domino effect down the ballot as people battle to win new jobs.

"As a CEO for a big pharmaceutical company, Bob Hugin made his millions by keeping prescription drug costs high and misleading cancer patients".

It's Election Day. Polls opened at 7 a.m., and with a low turnout so far, Sonoma County election officials hope voters mailing in ballots will make a final-day surge.

Of the registered voters, about 44 percent are Democrats, while a quarter are Republicans, and another quarter have declared no party preference.

That would mean returning to an election office with a valid have the vote counted later.

The county's 178 polling places opened with no major issues Tuesday, he said.

In Iowa, there's a Democratic primary for governor, whose victor will have a shot at unseating Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.

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

Voter cast ballots at a polling station in El Gallo Restaurant on November 8, 2016 in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, California.

Feinstein is seeking another six-year term at age 84 and cruised easily into November.

California Republicans knocked off a freshman state senator in Orange County, recalling Democrat Josh Newman after a campaign that focused nearly entirely on his vote to support a 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax.

The lieutenant governor and former San Francisco mayor defeated rivals from both parties in Tuesday's primary.

In the race for governor, recent polls showed a surge by Republican businessman Cox, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump.

For most of the campaign, Villaraigosa was seen as the most viable threat to Newsom's candidacy. She'll take on GOP Assemblyman Jay Webber in one of several races Democrats view as prime opportunities in their effort to retake the House. The closing days of the race were marked as much by dueling complaints over that spending as by differences between the candidates, their priorities and their styles of governing. Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo Poll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger MORE (N.J.), whose indictment on criminal bribery charges ended in a hung jury earlier this year, won his primary Tuesday night by a smaller-than-expected margin.

County of San Diego Registrar of Voters site here includes polling place locations and other general info here. "This is only the first step to turning around this state and taking back California for all Californians", Cox told supporters in San Diego.

With the possibility of a Democratic wave on the horizon, the elections from Montana to Alabama to New Jersey will test voter enthusiasm, candidate quality and President Donald Trump's influence as the 2018 political battlefield begins to settle.

"I don't think the Democrats can take the House without New Jersey", said Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University.

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