November 7, 2017 saw big wins for Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls in Virginia and New Jersey! It was a historic day with the first openly transgender state legislator, Danica Roem (Virginia), being elected in the United States. Victories came at the local level too, notably the first Latina Mayor of Santa Barbara, Cathy Murillo! Election Day 2017 is the first glimpse the Nation has for what the November 2018 elections may hold.

All eyes on 2018.


2018 election

It’s a year until the midterm elections.
Here’s how Californians can get plugged in now.

 (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

One year from now, California voters will be deciding dozens of races in the 2018 midterm elections, and the stakes are high. Among the contests on the Nov. 6, 2018, California ballot are governor, U.S. Senate, 53 U.S. House races, plus seats in the state Assembly and Senate and policy-changing state propositions.

About a dozen of the House races will be particularly intense because Democrats can’t win back control of the House without taking back at least a few Republican districts here.

The statewide primary is June 5, when voters will pick the top two finishers to move on to the general election regardless of party.

Here’s some Times coverage you can be reading in the run-up to the election:

Which California members of Congress will have the toughest path back to the House? We ranked them >>

What you need to know about statewide races like treasurer and secretary of state >>

The money in the race to become California’s governor >>

To stay plugged in, listen to our California Politics Podcast and sign up for the Essential Politics newsletter. And don’t forget to register to vote.