Trump-backed Republican John Cox will face Democrat Gavin Newsom in the California gubernatorial election in November. It was a surprising outcome for the primary race that saw Democratic frontrunner Antonio Villaraigosa concede amid growing voter discontentment over California’s increasingly radical-left policies.
Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles, was widely considered a shoe-in to run against California’s current lieutenant governor Newsom for the top spot in the liberal state. California’s “jungle primary” system allows the top two finishers to advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation.
John Cox was buoyed at the polls by a last-minute endorsement from President Trump, who urged conservatives to rally around the businessman and attorney, saying he could help “solve its high crime, high tax, problems.”
California has a rare opportunity to turn things around and solve its high crime, high tax, problems – along with so many others. On June 5th., vote for GOP Gubernatorial Candidate JOHN COX, a really good and highly competent man. He’ll Make California Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2018
President Trump tweeted his congratulations to Cox on June: “So much for the big Blue Wave, it may be a big Red Wave!”
Great night for Republicans! Congratulations to John Cox on a really big number in California. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2018
Cox said his unexpected primary win against Democratic frontrunner Antonio Villaraigosa suggested the tide is slowly turning in California.
“This is only the first step to turning around this state and taking back California for all Californians,” Cox told supporters, as reported by Fox News.
JUST IN: Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox will be one of the top two finishers in California’s jungle primary and will advance to the November election to face off against Democrat @GavinNewsom. pic.twitter.com/QgqHakcWmy
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 6, 2018
While the likelihood that Cox will win the gubernatorial race is miniscule given how ultra-liberal the state has become, his upset primary victory spotlights that Democrats should not take anything for granted.
As BizPac Review previously reported, a growing chorus of California counties are challenging the state’s sanctuary law, joining 12 other cities that don’t want the state to become a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
— aintnobarbie ❌ (@aintnobarbie) April 13, 2018
In other California primary news, Senator Dianne Feinstein easily won her race. Feinstein has been a senator for 26 years. It is a given that she will retain her senate seat against any opponent from her district.
Senator Feinstein, who turns 85 later this month, raised eyebrows in January 2018, when she revealed that she leaked Senate testimony to the anti-Trump media because she had “slow mental facilities.”
One for the record books! Regretful Dianne Feinstein says 'slow mental facilities' made her do it https://t.co/XwHhDNJYu7
Can you believe her excuse???
— Linda Thomas (@lindathomas102) January 11, 2018
Meanwhile, Feinstein’s octogenarian colleague, Maxine Waters, made a fool of herself when only 11 Millennials showed up at a campaign rally she held targeting…Millennials.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) June 6, 2018
This lackluster turnout isn’t a surprise, since other voters in Congresswoman Waters’ district have expressed outrage at her poor track record of helping her community.
In June 2017, a black constituent slammed Maxine Waters as a “black racist” who has “destroyed the black community.”
The protester said, “She lied to the black community, saying she was going to bring us jobs. She gave those jobs to illegal criminals! We want her out! She’s been in office for too long! She’s already showing signs of dementia!”
Bad day for Maxine Waters! Black pro-Trump woman explodes on her, crowd boos as she leaves townhall https://t.co/ZPXIvav2qc
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) June 26, 2017
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