The potential “blue wave” or possible “red tide” begins to take shape Tuesday as thousands of Americans head to the polls in eight states to decide the fate of candidates hoping to earn their party’s nomination.
ALL EYES ON CALIFORNIA:
The most anticipated races are taking place in California, where the state’s chaotic “jungle” primary -a system where the top-two finishers proceed to the general election despite party affiliation- could set the stage where no Democrats or Republicans advance to the main contest in 2018.
The “jungle” process could also send two Democrats to the general election in California’s race for governor, where former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom leads the pack of potential candidates.
The primary will also likely send two Democrats to the big show for the state’s Senate race, with Sen. Dianne Feinstein expected to face-off against a slew of potential left-leaning legislators.
Other hot-button races include Senate candidates in Montana as well as New Mexico’s governor.
Democrats need to turn 23 Republican-controlled House seats to retake control in the 2018 midterms, that journey starts today.
Read a full run-down of today’s races here.
BLUE WAVE CRASHING: Democrat Edge EVAPORATES Heading into Summer
The Democrats’ double-digit lead continued to crash and burn this week, with new polls showing the GOP has either erased the liberal advantage or is actually beating their left-wing opponents on generic ballots.
The lead -once as high as 18 points- is all but gone on ballots asking voters if they preferred Democrats or Republicans; raising serious questions about the overly-hyped “blue wave” expected to sweep Congress this fall.
Late last year, Liberal Congressman Ted Lieu warned of a Democrat “megatsunami” heading into the midterm.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 20, 2017
Those predictions may turn out to be little more than wishful thinking, with a new Reuters poll showing Republicans enjoying a 2% edge over their Democratic opponents.
Say good-bye to the D-advantage in the generic ballot. Our latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that registered voters as likely to support Republicans as Democrats. @ReutersPolitics https://t.co/0ZIVVs6Zqc pic.twitter.com/rLIHL7jPRl
— Chris Kahn (@Cmkahn) May 21, 2018
BLUE WAVE CRASHING: New Polls Show Democrats' Advantage COLLAPSING
Democrats across the country are sounding the alarm after new polling shows liberal candidates are slowly losing ground to their GOP opponents just months before the high-stakes 2018 midterm elections.
According to new surveys published by Real Clear Politics, the Democrat advantage has largely vanished; shrinking from a whipping 13 points in December to just four points at the end of May.
The poll cites a list of Trump’s achievements as the motivating factor behind the ‘Trump Bump,’ saying tax cuts helped energize the President’s base while average Americans across the country are beginning to “question” the entire Mueller investigation.
“There’s a couple of things going on. I think the good economic news is starting to break through. I think people are starting to question where the Mueller investigation is going. I think it had kept the president down for a while. And I think the tax cuts energized the Republican base and are playing a role in the president’s improving fortunes,” writes the survey.
h/t The Daily Caller