10 things you need to know today: June 6, 2018

Democrats avoid shutouts in key California primaries, Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts again, and more

California voters hit the polls for primary elections Tuesday.
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1. Democrats keep House hopes alive in Tuesday primaries

Voters in eight states cast ballots Tuesday in this year's biggest day of primary elections. In California, where the top two candidates advance regardless of party, Democrats feared their numerous candidates would split the vote and leave the party locked out of some of the 10 GOP-held congressional districts they are targeting in their effort to regain control of the House, but preliminary results showed Democrats holding second place in all of those races. Democrats failed to control the governor's race, however, as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will face off against Republican businessman John Cox. In New Jersey, the national Democratic Party's favored candidates easily won key primaries, including in Republican incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance's district, as well as in the race for retiring GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo's seat. The Democrats need to flip 23 seats to win the House.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.