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Democratic leaders are anxious the large Democratic fields will spread out their party's votes, allowing two Republicans to advance in some of these races and taking away what should be competitive fall campaigns.

"Our office is committed to ensuring every voter has a positive voting experience on Election Day", Logan said Tuesday.

Democrats and Republicans from Montana to Alabama and MS to New Jersey will pick their nominees to face off this November for the inaugural midterm elections of Donald Trump's presidency.

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.

Recognizing the high stakes, Trump sought to energize his supporters in a series of tweets praising his preferred California Republican candidates.

In New Jersey's 2nd District - which encompasses the entire southern third of the state - Democrats are poised to nominate state Sen.

In New Mexico, Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham won her party's nomination in the race to succeed outgoing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

In the contest to decide who gets qualifies for the November general election for the next four-year term, Topalian was leading, followed by Archuleta, Delgado and Republican businessman Ion Sarega. While Democrats need only a net total of two seats to take command of the Senate, Democratic senators must defend a bevy of seats in rural states such as Indiana, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia that supported Trump two years ago. It's the first state referendum on President Trump, whose immigration policies in particular have galvanized many Latino voters.

The first thing you should know is that it's not just California that's having primary elections.

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Under California's system, all candidates appear on a single primary ballot, with the top two vote-getters regardless of party advancing to the November election. In early Orange County balloting for that race, Republican small business owner Rita Topalian led the 11-person field, followed by Democratic Montebello Mayor Vanessa Delgado, Democratic Pico Rivera Mayor Bob Archuleta and Mendoza.

Iowa House of Representatives District 99: Democrats Brad Cavanagh, Pat Cullen and Lindsay James facing off to represent the party for the seat being vacated by Iowa Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Dubuque.

That's money the Democrats would have preferred to spend promoting their candidates this fall.

A "printing error" omitted over a hundred thousand names from voting rosters in one of California's largest counties on Tuesday, potentially slowing the count in the state's closely watched governor's race. The Democrats have their sights set on turning as many of these seats blue as possible. Feinstein will be the heavy favorite in the second round, where she's likely to face another Democrat, state Senate leader Kevin de Leon, who's running to Feinstein's left.

There are other kinds of drama playing out in other parts of the country. Hugin, a former Marine and Princeton University graduate, has promised to serve as an independent voice for Democrat-leaning New Jersey, where Trump is unpopular.

Tuesday afternoon, Fox said she had returned to the precinct and voted.

Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach is opposed to the gas tax and the state's sanctuary laws and says he wants to work to lower taxes.

Rosendale has GOP establishment support, but that may not be a plus for Montana Republican voters.

The race is sure to garner attention from outside the state because control of the U.S. Senate is up for grabs.

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