Tuesday’s primary elections: Three key takeaways

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With polls closed in eight states across the country, the biggest primary of the 2018 election ended with a surprise in Alabama and fresh signs of a banner year for female candidates. The biggest question remained unsettled early Wednesday morning: Would Democrats be able to avert an electoral shutout in key House races in California, where the state’s open primary system could lead to GOP-only general election races in the fall.Democratic women again won in Tuesday’s election, and they stand poised to make history. In New Mexico’s gubernatorial race, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham won a three-way Democratic primary — easily defeating two male rivals: state Sen. Joe Cervantes and former media executive Joe Apodaca. If Lujan Grisham were to win in November, she would become the first Democratic Latina elected governor.Another possible female first in New Mexico: Deb Haaland won the Democratic primary for the state’s 1st Congressional District. In a seat that heavily favors Democrats, Haaland could be the first Native American woman elected to Congress.

 

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