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June 5, 2018 - 11:00 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Holding hopes of a “blue wave” in November, Democrats fought to shape the political battlefield in primaries across eight states, none more important than California where Republicans avoided an embarrassing setback in the race for governor.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, easily advanced on Tuesday to the general election, with business executive John Cox coming in second. Cox’s strong finish put to rest GOP fears that no Republican would qualify for the deeply Democratic state’s top office this fall and the party’s other candidates would suffer from a resulting lack of voter interest on election day.

The governor’s race was one of many drawing attention to California, a state not accustomed to being a national political battleground. But its handful of competitive House races — largely in Southern California — have made it hotly contested territory in the fight over control of the House, drawing big money and the spotlight on the biggest primary night of midterms.

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