Tonight is the Dem primaries for AL, CA, IA, MT, MS NJ, NM and CA. The state being watched most closely is the largest one, California, especially in the house, senate and governor’s races.
Democrats are more assured of getting general election candidates through the primary in four other Clinton-won, Republican-held districts in California. And in the governor’s race, it could be Republicans who end up without a candidate.
That race is a battle for second place. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has led public polling, but former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang, both Democrats, both put up serious challenges, which could shut out Republicans. In an effort to avoid that scenario, potentially depressing GOP turnout in November, Republicans have tried to coalesce around John Cox, a businessman who picked up an endorsement from Trump via tweet last month.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is also holding off a challenge from fellow Democrat Kevin De Leon, a former state Senate leader, who’s trying to out-flank the longtime senator on her left. But De Leon faces competition from a slew of Republicans for a general election slot.
Stephen Jaffe is taking on Nancy Pelosi in her district in CA, but she remains the overwhelming favorite.
It’s also the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert Kennedy’s assassination, which occurred the night of the CA primary after the polls had closed. If you haven’t had a chance to see “Bobby Kennedy for President” on Netflix, it is worth watching.
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