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The Latest: Trump congratulates Cox on 2nd place win in CA

June 6, 2018
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Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, waves with his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom after speaking at his gubernatorial campaign's primary night watch party in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on primary elections in eight states, including California (all times local):

7 a.m.

President Donald Trump is congratulating Republican John Cox for his second-place finish in California’s primary for governor, saying the “Trump impact was really big” and predicting a possible “big Red Wave” of Republican wins.

California was among eight states holding primary contests on Tuesday. While the latest results ensure Republicans a spot in the California gubernatorial race, Cox still faces long odds in a state where Democrats are increasingly dominant.

Trump tweeted Wednesday of Cox: “He can win. Even Fake News CNN said the Trump impact was really big, much bigger than they ever thought possible. So much for the big Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave. Working hard!”

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11:47 a.m.

Democrats fought to shape the political battlefield for a November ‘blue wave’ Tuesday in primaries across eight states.

None was more important than California, where Republicans avoided an embarrassing setback in the race for governor. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newson, a Democrat, easily advanced to the general election, with business executive John Cox coming in second.

It was a big night for women, including a Democratic former Navy pilot running for a House seat in New Jersey.

Democratic incumbents, including California’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein, fared well, fending off challenges from the left.

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