He conceded Tuesday night and endorsed Newsom while also congratulating Cox. Because of California's "jungle primary", candidates from all parties appear together on the ballot and the top two finishers advance to a runoff in November.
Nearly half of voters, 48 percent, say they are more likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who "would promise to provide a check on Donald Trump".
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox, center, speaks during a Republican primary watch party Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in San Diego. This is interesting. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom - he took the top spot easily.
A Republican hasn't been elected to any of the statewide constitutional offices or the U.S. Senate since 2006. There was also a gubernatorial primary last night.
Late on Wednesdaty, CNN reported that it could take days before the results in California's primary election are known because in Los Angeles County, "the names of 118,522 voters were left off the voter roster because of a random printing error".
That remains to be seen, as voters in seven other states went to the polls. But so far neither party appears to have suffered any major setbacks. But Trump saw the night as a repudiation of "Fake News".
While Democratic candidates have secured a spot on the ballot in every race, it'll be a tough and expensive road ahead to flip heavily Republican districts in Orange County won by President Donald Trump. Female Republican governors in Alabama and Iowa will vie for their first full terms in November after succeeding men who resigned.
Senator Dianne Feinstein has won nomination again in California.
For the party to return to any sort of power position in Washington, D.C. they need to regain the majority in the U.S. House. Republicans won 53 percent of the primary vote on Tuesday.
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Rep. Martha Roby, a five-term congresswoman from Alabama, is paying the political price of withdrawing her support for Trump in 2016 after the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape in which he seemingly bragged about assaulting women.
In New Mexico, Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham won her party's nomination in the race to succeed outgoing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
It may be as close to good as the state's second biggest political party can hope for in California in 2018.
By comparison, in July 2014, 57% said they were more likely to vote that November compared to past elections. And in New Mexico, former state Democratic Party chairwoman Debra Haaland, a tribal member of Laguna Pueblo, was making a bid to become the first Native American woman in Congress.
Deb Haaland: "Our win is a victory for working people, a victory for women, a victory for Indian country and a victory for everyone who's been sidelined by the billionaire class".
"Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker won his primary contest as did New Jersey Sen".
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez won a spot on the ballot with slim margins for an incumbent senator (62% to 40%) after barely escaping bribery charges previous year over hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts he received from an eye doctor now convicted of fraud.
Belatedly, the Democratic congressional campaign apparatus interceded with big wads of money to knock down Republicans and pump up favored Democrats, and it paid off. Republicans won't have locks on any of the districts, and there will be conventional Democrat vs. Ed Royce and Darrell Issa, and the district where Republican Dana Rohrabacher was facing challenges from the left and the right.
But for the second straight election, Republicans could not get a candidate through to the general election for the Senate. He told supporters Tuesday that he relishes a fight with Cox, whom he called "a foot soldier" for Trump's war on California.
But Trump still lords over the party that he has reshaped, and loyalty to the president is key. Women made important electoral gain, and Republicans did not monopolize races that had many Democratic candidates. Other tasks, including a protection of vulnerable congressional districts, seemed more pressing.