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California's outcomes probably won't be decided Tuesday because the state allows mail-in ballots to be postmarked through primary day.

After months of worry that they might blow some big chances in California due to the state's unusual primary system - and millions of dollars spent to try to avoid that nightmare scenario - House Democrats were hopeful they might have dodged a bullet as the votes rolled in late Tuesday night.

Voters in eight states are heading to the polls for primary elections, setting the stage for the midterm elections in November.

That would mean returning to an election office with a valid I.D.to have the vote counted later.

With no high-profile Republican candidates in the race for U.S. Senate, there could be a contest between two Democrats in November for the second consecutive time: incumbent front-runner Sen.

In New Jersey, Sen. She will face former Democrat Bobby Bright in Alabama's conservative 2nd district - where Trump loyalty has been a central issue.

In three of those districts, all in southern California, Democrats faced the possibility of being shut out of the top two spots because they have so many candidates.

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

"I don't agree with all the liberal Democratic things going on in California", Margaret Gallistil said of casting her vote for Republican candidate John Cox.

Polls are closing in New Mexico as voters decide on a Democratic candidate for governor and major-party nominees for two open congressional seats. But Menendez held on, to the delight of Republicans who want to use his troubles to tar every Democrat in the state.

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There is still a heavy police presence at the club while forensic officers carry out their investigation. The other two men, aged 35 and 57, who were injured in the incident, have been taken to hospital.

Democrats have a 10-percentage point voter-registration advantage in the two-county district but Nguyen displayed her superior campaigning skills when she won by 16-percentage points over Democratic former Assemblyman Jose Solorio in 2014. Nationally, they are hoping to flip at least 23 seats to take back control of the House.

Jeanne Watkins of Clovis said Nunes has her support. Will it make a difference?

For years sidelined on the national political fringe, California has lurched to the center of the fight for control of Congress.

"Keep our country out of the hands of High Tax, High Crime Nancy Pelosi", Trump tweeted, referring to House minority leader Pelosi of San Francisco. On the Republican ballot, Gov. Kim Reynolds is seeking to complete her first full term as Governor.

The battle for the top spots is particularly dramatic in the 48th Congressional District, where voters chose Democrat Hillary Clinton over Trump in the 2016 presidential election but re-elected longtime Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher.

Voters on Tuesday also will choose candidates in primaries in Mississippi, Alabama, Montana, South Dakota and New Mexico.

"I'm really, really anxious about our Constitution being ruined by this presidency", Karuntzos said after casting her ballot at a local community centre.

The race in the 39th Congressional District was expected to be very close, in terms of determining whether Democrats would be boxed out of competing in November.

Democrat Tony Mendoza resigned from the seat in February as the Senate was about to vote on whether to expel him after an investigation found he likely engaged in "sexually suggestive" behavior toward six women.

Republican challenger Bob Hugin (HYOO'-gihn) has been pummeling Menendez over the allegations he accepted gifts in exchange for helping a friend with personal and business matters.

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