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Trump predicts ‘big red wave’ after Tuesday night’s primaries

“Great night for Republicans! Congratulations to John Cox on a really big number in California. He can win,” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter. | Saul Loeb/Getty Images

President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday morning that November’s midterms could bring a “big red wave” instead of the Democratic blue one that many others have forecasted, as he claimed credit for Republican successes in Tuesday’s primary elections in California and across the country.

“Great night for Republicans! Congratulations to John Cox on a really big number in California. He can win,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “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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He followed that with another post, writing, “Many more Republican voters showed up yesterday than the Fake News thought possible. The political pundits just don’t get what is going on out there – or they do get it but refuse to report the facts! Remember, Dems are High Tax, High Crime, easy to beat!”

California’s unusual “jungle” primary system – which puts the top two vote-getters in an open primary onto the general election ballot, regardless of party – had left open the possibility that Republicans could go without a candidate for governor while Democrats could end up without a candidate in multiple House races in GOP-controlled districts where Hillary Clinton beat Trump in 2016.

Instead, Cox, a Republican businessman, came in second in California’s statewide gubernatorial primary, putting him on the general election ballot against Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the prohibitive favorite in that race. And while vote totals in California were still being tallied Wednesday morning, Democrats appeared poised to secure a spot on the general election ballot in key House races in Southern California districts.

Of note in Alabama’s primary election, also held Tuesday, was Rep. Martha Roby’s narrow primary victory. Roby (R-Ala.) won just 38 percent of the vote in her GOP primary, putting her in first place but well short of the 50 percent she needed to win outright, forcing a runoff election against former Rep. Bobby Bright, a former Democrat, now running as a Republican, whom she unseated in 2010.

Forecasted by the strength of Democratic candidates in special elections across the country since Trump’s election in 2016 — as well as Trump’s relatively low approval rating — many political watchers have predicted a “blue wave” of Democratic victories could be coming in this November’s midterms with the potential to flip the majority in the House. Paths to retaking the Senate are much narrower for the Democrats, who are defending 24 Senate seats – including 10 in states Trump won in 2016 – while the GOP is defending just nine.

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