Democrats fail to gain momentum in US congressional primaries

Democrats hoped to begin the challenge to the GOP-controlled House and State legislatures during the US primaries today, with key seats in California, New Jersey, Montana and New Mexico being of specific interest.
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

In key congressional districts across the US, Democrat challengers were hoping to capitalize on the growing anti-Trump sentiment across the country to gain momentum in winning Republican-held seats. Conservatives, which currently control the House, Senate, executive branch, Supreme Court and most state legislatures and governor seats, see these midterm elections as a form of a bellwether for the country's opinion regarding President Trump and the GOP. If Democrats are able to deliver on their promised "Blue Wave," the Trump administration is expected to face far greater difficulties in achieving its legislative goals over the next two years. During the primary elections yesterday, key districts across four states, California, New Jersey, New Mexico and Montana, were closely observed for their potential to mirror national trends.

California

In key congressional districts across the US, Democrat challengers were hoping to capitalize on the growing anti-Trump sentiment across the country to gain momentum in winning Republican-held seats. Conservatives, which currently control the House, Senate, executive branch, Supreme Court and most state legislatures and governor seats, see these midterm elections as a form of a bellwether for the country's opinion regarding President Trump and the GOP. If Democrats are able to deliver on their promised "Blue Wave," the Trump administration is expected to face far greater difficulties in achieving its legislative goals over the next two years. During the primary elections yesterday, key districts across four states, California, New Jersey, New Mexico and Montana, were closely observed for their potential to mirror national trends.

In the state's gubernatorial election, Democrat Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom came out victorious in the primary, as was expected by many analysts. John Cox, a Republican candidate, came out second in the election, and the two will now face each other in the November general election. The state has had a Democrat governor, Democrat-held state legislature and mostly Democrat city governments since 2011 when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was termed out of the state capitol. Cox is not expected to be victorious in November, but with a large showing during this primary election, Newsom's campaign may now consider the election to be closer than previously suggested.

New Jersey

In New Jersey's 7th and 11th districts, both of which have been heavily targeted by Democrats as potential areas where Democratic challengers can prevail in taking Republican-held seats, Democratic candidates received more votes than Republican ones. With substantial anti-Trump sentiments proliferating in these districts, these results are worrisome for the GOP in the general election, as they suggest Democrat turnout may be increased.

New Mexico

In New Mexico's second district, a longtime Republican incumbent is vacating the congressional seat in order to run for Governor. The state has long been held in tight Republican control, but with anti-Trump sentiments and vacated Republican seats, the Democrat candidates hope to gain enough momentum to flip the state blue. In the second district, Democrat challengers received more votes as a whole than the Republican hopefuls. Republican turnout is usually higher than Democrat turnout during primary elections, especially in older states like New Mexico. The higher Democrat turnout may well suggest that, at least in New Mexico, the promised Blue Wave may indeed arrive in November.

Montana

One of the most hotly contested seats in the midterm elections is expected to be Montana's first, and only, congressional seat. Currently held by Republican Greg Gianforte, the mostly white working-class state is being closely watched as a state representative of many in the Trump voter base. In what some considered a bit of an upset, Montana state legislator Kathleen Williams came out victorious in the Democrats' primary elections, winning over candidates who raised far more funding for their campaign than her. This result may bode well for Williams in the general election, seeing as the incumbent Gianforte has raised more funds for the campaign than all of the Democrat challengers combined.



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