McCarthy, who placed first in his own California primary Tuesday night, went on to highlight that in November, voters will have the option to repeal the gas tax in a ballot initiative - a move that Republicans see as a winning issue for GOP candidates across the state this fall. Congratulations to John Cox on a really big number in California.
Democrats and Republicans will conduct simultaneous primary elections next week. In seven key California House races - now Republican-held districts that voted for Hillary Clinton - Democrats were able to secure a place on the ballot and a shot at flipping them in November.
Dozens of women on Tuesday won congressional and gubernatorial nominations as voters in eight USA states chose candidates ahead of November's elections, including several who notched firsts in a year boasting a historic number of female contenders.
Overcoming Feinstein from the left is going to be hard for Kevin de Leon. At least two of their best pickup opportunities in southern California may take days to be decided, but Democrats avoided being blocked from the ballot in the vast majority of the state's top battlegrounds.
Although the official results may not be known for weeks (California accepts mail-in ballots postmarked on election day), all seven Republican-held Clinton districts look likely to feature two-party general match-ups.
Dianne Feinstein's re-election race - as the incumbent led the field with nearly 44% of the vote and state senator Kevin de Leon appears to have secured the second slot. More than $108 million were spent just on candidates for the House of Representatives. Dianne Feinstein did win her party's nomination Tuesday.
"Great night for Republicans!"
In Alabama, Representative Martha Roby is risking losing her seat after receiving 39 percent of the votes.
California saw an unusually large number of Democrats vying for office, many energized by anger over Trump administration policies restricting immigration and abortion access as well as easing environmental regulations.
Evelyn Corado, a 50-year-old preschool teacher from Huntington Beach and naturalized USA citizen from El Salvador, chose Villaraigosa for governor.
"They know who we are, and they don't like us", former state Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim lamented in 2010, after Democrats made a clean sweep of eight statewide contests. The candidate receiving the fewest votes after the first round of counting is eliminated and his or her votes are redistributed to the voter's second preference. In South Dakota, Congresswoman Kristi Noem won the Republican gubernatorial primary, making her likely to become South Dakota's first female governor.
Democrats hope to avoid their nightmare scenario - the vote is split among a crowded field of Democrats and two Republicans get the only slots in the November election.
Maybe moderate Democrats will be fed up with job-killing environmental rules, sky-high taxes, a lousy business climate and all the other nonsense the left has imposed on the formerly golden state.
But Cox faces long odds in deeply liberal California, where Republicans are increasingly marginalized in state politics. And he's facing a well-funded Republican this fall, former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, who coasted in the GOP primary.
In the end Feinstein survived and will be on the ballot for the midterm elections in November, results showed. Her Republican opponent in the July runoff is a former Democrat-turned-Trump ally Bobby Bright.
But strong turnouts by Republicans voters in all of the districts underscore the challenges that Democrats will face in trying to win in the conservative areas that they have targeted in suburban areas near Los Angeles and Sacramento, and in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley.
Montana Republicans were picking a candidate to take on Democratic Senator Jon Tester, considered one of the most vulnerable incumbent senators in the nation.