Democrats hope for 'blue wave' push from 8-state primary day

Dems fear shutout in bid to take down GOP's Rohrabacher

The low margin for the longtime New Jersey politician could be a sign that he will need to do more to motivate Democrats to turn out in the fall.

Whether Democrats will finally unite behind one candidate is the big question.

Polls are closing in New Mexico as voters decide on a Democratic candidate for governor and major-party nominees for two open congressional seats. Sean Spicer, 42, a San Diego resident who works in marketing, said he voted because it's a civic duty - though he doesn't like California's top two primary system and said it is showing its shortcomings this year.

Polling stations across the Central Coast opened at 7am Tuesday morning for the California Primary election and voters are taking advantage of time-saving ways to cast ballots.

With the possibility of a Democratic wave on the horizon, Tuesday's contests will test voter enthusiasm, candidate quality and Trump's influence as the 2018 political battlefield begins to settle.

President Trump tweeted his support of California Republicans House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as well as Devin Nunes. He's also taken on the state's gas tax - a favorite punching bag of California Republicans - as well as California's newly implemented "sanctuary" state policy.

"I still consider myself an independent, but I just won't vote Republican because of what's going on", she said.

At advance polls this year, voters would receive a ballot from an official, then fill it out behind a voting screen, using a black felt pen to mark an X in a circle next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice.

Democrat Gavin Newsom won Tuesday's primary in the race for California governor and Republican John Cox finished in a strong second place, ensuring Republicans won't be shut out of the race to replace retiring Gov. But the focus is on seven House districts where President Donald Trump trailed Hillary Clinton in 2016. It's one of five New Jersey GOP House seats targeted by national Democrats.

The state's so-called jungle primary system allows the two highest vote-getters to advance to the general election, regardless of party.

Most political scientists say such shutout scenarios are rare in competitive districts, but Democrats don't have much wiggle room. That's money that Democrats would have preferred to save for this fall. The party has targeted more than a dozen Republican-held seats in California and New Jersey alone. Dianne Feinstein expected to face-off against a slew of potential left-leaning legislators.

There are other kinds of drama playing out in other parts of the country.

Like New Jersey, California is seen as key to the eventual outcome in November.

Tuesday afternoon, Fox said she had returned to the precinct and voted. Those two members of Congress - Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Steve Pearce - are considered the frontrunners to be the state's next governor.

Menendez is seeking his third term and has establishment support, including from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. Tester, a Democrat who has been in office since 2007, is the ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

The race is sure to garner attention from outside the state because control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs. According to the registrar's office, an average of 85-90 percent of provisional ballots are deemed valid and are counted.

Vote by mail ballots must be received by the county elections office by the time polls close at 8pm on Election Day or your return envelope must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Registrar of Voters no later than the Friday after Election Day.