Both Republicans and Democrats appear to have escaped embarrassment after eight states voted in primary elections on Tuesday, selecting candidates to go head-to-head in November's midterm elections.
Most notably, current California Lieutenant Governor and vocal Trump opponent Gavin Newsom won one of two secured spots in upcoming Governor's race, where he will face Republican Jon Cox. The ascendant days of the Reagan revolution are long gone in California.
Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of MS, won his primary contest as did Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey. Women seeking elected office in historic numbers cleared a big hurdle with at least 56 female candidates making the cut, according to data compiled by NBC News and the Associated Press.
In Iowa, 28-year-old state Representative Abby Finkenauer won the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican Representative Rod Blum. They're now outnumbered even by independents. 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.
Meanwhile, the broad outline of the party's message is taking shape.
In a round of media interviews on the day after he clinched a spot on the November ballot, Cox slammed Newsom for paying too much attention to the president.
Also, not for nothing: It appears as though Republicans will be shut out of Sen. The party cedes a 3.6-million voter-registration edge to Democrats. Orange and San Diego Counties have grown more diverse, and their relatively wealthy, well-educated Republicans are not President Donald Trump's core constituency.
But, voters in those precincts must choose either the Democratic ballot or the Republican ballot for the Senate nomination.
California's Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, also fared well, fending off challenges from the left. Kevin de Leon, both Democrats, advanced.
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"Donald Trump and the billionaire class should consider this victory a warning shot: The blue wave is coming", Haaland said in a statement.
One positive for the president: About 60 percent of Americans are satisfied with the economy, and a plurality gives Trump credit for the economic improvement. Those districts could determine who runs the chamber.
California's unusual primary system allows the top two primary candidates to advance to the general election, regardless of party.
But Maloney isn't dropping his House re-election campaign to run for the attorney general job, and that's where things get complicated.
We'll know for sure what happened - who turned out, where and for what - and be able to assign responsibility more precisely when the final tally for California's 2018 primary election is complete later this month.
The election is pivotal for Republicans looking to end their mounting struggles and gain a stronger foothold in the nation's largest state.
Nationally, crosscurrents remain in the contest for control of the House.
In New Jersey's 7th District, won by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016, Republican incumbent Leonard Lance will face a tough general election against former Obama staffer Tom Malinowski.
Republicans hope to use the fallout to tar other Democrats in the state, including those fighting to defeat vulnerable GOP incumbents in suburban districts. No Republican has won a statewide race in since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, and Republican voters are continuing to decline in a state growing more Democratic. In particular, the party needs millennial voters and Latinos to show up at the polls in November if they hope to oust targeted Republicans. A third candidate, state Sen.
Josh Newman is a state senator. But she isn't sure if he has a chance in the fall.