The positive primary election results in California put Democrats on a solid path towards the 2018 primaries, report Carl Hulse and Jonathan Martin of The New York Times. While California has strong blue roots, losses at this stage could have hampered these much-needed gains. In places where Republicans are strong, such as San Diego or LA, Democrats now have good candidates. Environmental policy and demographic changes are increasingly decisive. Initially, there was a risk of failure due to too many candidates dividing Democrats’ unity, but this was avoided. The party’s plan to undo the GOP’s majority in Congress and the Senate is moving forward.
The much-talked about ‘blue wave’ that is apparently crashing over the country was not seen in the California primaries, suggests Michael Barone of the Washington Examiner. Democrats focused on seven key districts, which are held by Republicans. While they hope that Hillary Clinton's past win here is a good sign for them, it is not guaranteed, as these areas look more Republican than in 2016. The GOP also has a candidate in the top contest, running for governor. The voters of Orange County, San Bernadino and LA removed a Democratic state senator. Trump’s job approval rates are also key in gathering support for the GOP. The blue wave is faltering.