What would Governor Gavin Newsom mean for California's green leadership?

What would Governor Gavin Newsom mean for California's green leadership?

What would Governor Gavin Newsom mean for California's green leadership?

Berkeley News: In November, Californians will replace Governor Jerry Brown with either Gavin Newsom, a Democrat and former mayor of San Francisco, or John Cox, a Republican businessman from San Diego.

For the first time in a decade, more Democrats than Republicans have registered to run in Texas legislative races this year-bolstering speculation that the deep red state could be turning purple.

The NYT adds: "Mr. Cox's showing represented a major tactical victory for national Republicans as they seek to protect seven Republican-held congressional seats in California that Democrats are targeting as they try to recapture the House". The Democrats controlled both chambers for the first two years of Obama's presidency, but Republicans won the majority in the House in the 2010 midterm elections. And the winners and losers in California's most competitive races could take days to sort out given the state's unique election laws. Instead, the state adopted an "open primary" system, where voters all get the same ballots and the top two vote-getters advance no matter their party affiliation.

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. The party establishment's preferred candidates won nominations in Iowa and New Mexico. Baugh's campaign threatened to draw enough disaffected Republicans to keep any Democrat from appearing on the ballot in November. Unable to secure 50% of the vote, she's now being forced into a runoff to fight for her fifth term as Congresswoman.

The dynamic followed a trend from recent primaries in other states, indicating that while Trump is enjoying unwavering sway in the Republican party and among conservative voters, his controversial policies are sparking a strong backlash from Democratic voters and independents.

Even though some races were too close to call, Ryan Costello, a retiring Pennsylvania Republican, came out of the GOP conference this morning saying his party was optimistic at where they stood for the general election. If Grisham wins, she'll be the second Latina to become the state's executive, after Martinez.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey fended off three Republican challengers, while South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem, another Republican, became her party's first female nominee for South Dakota governor. In another, Issa's district, Republican Diane Harkey was leading in early returns, as two Democrats vied for the second slot.

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It was a different story in MS, where 66-year-old Gladys Cruz wasn't sure which Republican she would support in the state's Senate primary, but she wanted whoever won to firmly support Trump. He will face Baron Bruno, a real estate agent without a declared political party, in the general election. Currently, two Democrats are separated by just 73 votes out of 105,000 total cast.

Meanwhile, Republicans are looking at Montana as a chance to take away a Democrat seat in the US Senate.

Trump's support, Whalen said, could spell "short-term gain and long-term pain" for Cox.

Madrid is a Republican political consultant who worked for Antonio Villaraigosa's gubernatorial campaign and is sharply critical of the party under Trump. Now in second place is Democrat Gil Cisneros, the lottery victor who's dumping a lot of his own money into the race and recently got the backing of the party establishment.

But what's more troubling for Republicans is when the people who said they prefer a Democratic Congress are asked why.

There are now seven Republican lawmakers - from Rep. Jeff Denham in the northern San Joaquin Valley to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in Southern California - who occupy House seats in districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Candidates backed by the party establishment also won Democratic primaries in Iowa, New Mexico and New Jersey, boosting the Democrats' hopes of flipping several districts now held by Republicans.

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