Well, that might actually happen in the California governor's race, because Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox are both eager to contrast their views of how the state should be led.
Like every 2018 primary election before, California's vote on Tuesday is now being interpreted as a barometer of the Trump Resistance.
The early results of dozens of primary races and special elections across eight states on Tuesday - the busiest election day ahead of fall U.S. midterm elections in November - portends a potentially tough race for Democrats who are hoping that voter anger with U.S. President Donald Trump will help the party retake the House in November.
Because of California's "jungle primary", the top two finishers - regardless of party - advance to a runoff in November. Democratic incumbent Xavier Becerra, who has become a national leader against Trump's agenda, will face off against Republican Steven Bailey in the fall.
Finally, 37 percent of voters say that - based on what they've seen, read or heard - Trump's 2016 presidential campaign did collude or work secretly with Russian Federation, while 34 percent disagree; 28 percent didn't know enough to say.
"So much for the big Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave", he added.
Cox, who says he wasn't born from wealth and had to work his way up, is confident he can reach a broad range of voters in the state.
Neither party immediately appeared to suffer major setbacks, yet the winners and losers in California's most competitive races could take days to sort out given the state's unique election laws.
"The Democrats just spent $10 million trying to shut us out and they didn't shut us out", he told reporters.
Deb Haaland, who secured the democratic nomination for congress in New Mexico's first congressional district, will likely be the first-ever Native-American woman to serve in Congress, as her district is a safe seat for Democrats. Female Republican governors in Alabama and Iowa will vie for their first full terms after succeeding men who resigned. He drew a primary challenge from Scott Baugh, the Republican former state assembly leader.
According to an a poll conducted last month by The Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California, a slight majority of registered voters in California support repealing the tax, which will be on the ballot in November.
Fresh evidence of the party's primary success came on Tuesday, when Democrats on California's "top two" ballot succeeded in salvaging spots for several House seats that are considered toss-ups. In order to regain control of the House, they must win back 23 seats, which is sure to be challenging, despite promising signs so far.
Levin starts out as the favorite because the Democratic candidates scored more votes more than Republicans combined in the district that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Tuesday's vote shows their best chance is probably in termed-out Republican Ron Roberts' heavily Democratic District 4. She will face former Democrat Bobby Bright in Alabama's conservative 2nd district - where Trump loyalty has been a central issue. No Republican has won a statewide race in since former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, and Republican voters are continuing to decline in a state growing more Democratic.
If Grisham wins, she would be the state's second Latino state executive.
"So there's quite a bit of concern that this would backfire and that congressional districts that would elect a Democrat in the end would be given only the choice of Republicans". Thus, California Republicans will avoid the potential turnout-depressing nightmare of having neither a gubernatorial nor U.S. Senate candidate on the ballot in November.
National Democrats spent more than $7 million trying to curb and fix the damage inflicted by Democrats attacking each other in districts opened by retiring Republican Reps.
Levin said he was also happy Democrats did not get locked out of other close contests. In the third, Issa's district, Republican Diane Harkey was leading in early returns, as two Democrats vied for the second slot.
Montana: State Auditor Matthew Rosendale got the GOP nod to run for a U.S. Senate seat against Democratic incumbent Sen.
She easily won her 2016 primary.
Party members had been anxious they might get shut out of key House races.
"A little story that no one's talking about right now is a state senator, a Democrat just got recalled".