At this writing, ballots in some of Tuesday’s primaries all around the nation are still being tallied (some might not be settled for days). But the big news is already in, and it’s not good for Democrats: voters in California will have a choice in the Governor’s race, after all.
In California’s “jungle primaries,” there is no party split. The top two votegetters become the candidates. Democrats had hoped their stranglehold on California would result in a Governor’s race between two liberal former mayors, Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa, leaving Californians a Hobson’s choice between the guy who screwed up San Francisco and the guy who screwed up L.A. Instead, they are reeling over the news that the second-place finisher was Trump-endorsed Republican businessman John Cox.
While the “smart money” (i.e., the same people who bet the farm on Hillary winning) says that Newsom is a shoe-in, Cox has no intention of coasting to a gentleman's loss. He immediately pivoted from thanking his supporters into attacking Newsom on his record of making San Francisco a filthy, homeless-besieged sanctuary for violent illegal alien criminals that nearly half the residents want to flee.
In other words, this is going to be a fun race to watch. Even if Cox can't win (which might actually be impossible for a Republican, considering how many working people and business owners have bugged out in recent years), his campaign is still to fire up the GOP base and give whoever is still there a reason to turn out. Since the Dems’ hopes of retaking the House are built on surfing to victory in California on a “blue wave” of lopsided leftist enthusiasm, having Cox on the ballot lead to a gnarly wipe-out. Bummer, dudes.