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The women's march which followed Mr Trump's election

And in virtually all races so far for which disaster seemed possible, it's been averted.

Critics have spoken out against this top-two primary system, noting it isolates third-party candidates and makes it even more hard for lesser-known candidates to get elected. Two years into his presidency, Trump's core base has shown little signs of erosion, prompting Republican candidates to position themselves as strong supporters of Trump's agenda.

Way down the ballot, voters in a state senate district that slices through parts of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties were asked to vote on whether to recall their state senator, Josh Newman, a Democrat. The elections in California, Iowa, New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico, Mississippi and Alabama will shape the midterm battles that will redefine politics in the U.S. in the next few months.

KELLY: We're glad to have you with us. If the Democrats are going to take back the House, which now appears unlikely, it will be in swing states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and NY. These are all districts Hillary Clinton won, so they're seen as big Democratic pickup opportunities. They will be running against entrenched Republican incumbents or in conservative-leaning districts.

California is key to Democrats' hopes of gaining a majority in the 435-seat House, which would require flipping 23 seats. Mr. Turner served just three months in jail, sparking worldwide outrage over what many felt was a sentence that was too lenient. The Republican Party has remained more stagnant with 32 percent saying they feel "positively" towards the GOP, compared to 30 percent in March and 27 percent in December. And what we're seeing is that's really not the case. Could party actors - politicians, campaign and governing professionals, activists and donors, formal party organizations, party-aligned interest groups, party-aligned media - figure out which candidates to support, and could they then transmit those preferences to voters and convince them to support the party's decision? Darrell Issa is retiring; so is Ed Royce.

But Tuesday night, two GOP members advanced to general elections for governorships in South Dakota and New Mexico.

In 2014, the "Harkin seat" in the Senate (in which U.S. House Democrat Bruce Braley was the front-runner to succeed the retiring Harkin) went to Republican Joni Ernst by almost nine points. And an ex-Republican independent leads the race for the state's insurance commissioner.

KELLY: Well, this brings me to my next question.

Then is it fair to say that President Trump is factor in the governor's race?

But many of those women - particularly Democrats - will face tough contests in November.

LAGOS: That absolutely depends on the district. But whether they all turned out was still unclear. "It's the No. 1 issue I hear more than any other issue", Newsom said.

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".

From latest data available, at least 117 women are running for office in the 2018 primaries.

And it's looking bad for Trump-supporting Republican politicians.

LAGOS: Yeah, this is one of those weird election nights where both parties are claiming victory in California.

California adopted a top-two primary system in 2010, which is also popularly referred to as the "jungle primary".

It appears that Democrats will also be able to secure a significant victory in their House battles across California as well - paving a potential path to a House majority. And that would impact those congressional races we're talking about. "They're not just coming out of nowhere". He tried to vote yesterday. Roby said she couldn't vote for Trump after the Access Hollywood tape emerged.

California was the Big Kahuna of June 5 primary states.

LAGOS: My pleasure. Thanks for having me.

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