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Women at the Democratic Party convention. Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

The June 5 primaries across eight states showcased another strong night for women candidates, especially in California, while other races nationwide highlighted the strength of President Trump's popularity.

The big picture: Women have been over-performing in Democratic primaries, and Democrats didn't get locked out of any congressional general election races in California, meaning their chances for taking back the House just got a little easier.

By the numbers

In California...

  • There are 30 women in California alone going to the general election, including three Democrats who won outright because they were uncontested.
  • Two women in California's 45th district will be on the ballot this November.
  • The National Republican Congressional Committee backed Young Kim — an immigrant and the first ever Korean-American Republican woman elected to serve in the California State Assembly — who won the GOP primary for Rep. Ed Royce's seat.
  • Democrats targeted seven GOP-held districts in California that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. One of them, the 21st district, went for Clinton by 15%, yet the Republican candidate outpolled the Democrat by 26 points.

And elsewhere...

  • Two GOP candidates critical of President Trump either didn't win (Steve Lonegan in New Jersey) or is heading to a runoff in July (Alabama Rep. Martha Roby).
  • Two Democratic women advanced to the general in Iowa's first and third districts, both currently held by Republicans.
  • A woman will face Greg Gianforte in Montana's at-large congressional district.
  • Deb Haaland won her New Mexico primary, getting one step closer to becoming the first Native American congresswoman.
  • A woman won the GOP primary in New Mexico’s second district.
  • Two women (a Democrat in New Mexico and a Republican in South Dakota) are headed to the general to take on each state's incumbent governor.
  • Don't ignore the down-ballot races: Democrats flipped their 42nd state legislative seat (this time for state Senate in Missouri) where Democrat Lauren Arthur beat her Republican challenger by 20 points.
A Democratic divide?

For all the talk of a Democratic civil war between progressives and moderates, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein easily defeated her progressive challenger Kevin de León.

  • Democrats nearly split the vote evenly between two candidates in California's 48th district, whether the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee backed Harley Rouda (17.3%) and the state Democratic Party backed Hans Kierstead (17.2%).
  • Yes, but: The DCCC saw significant success in New Jersey, where four of their Red to Blue candidates won the Democratic primary.
Senate watch

Montana GOP candidate Matt Rosendale won the primary to take on Sen. Jon Tester, who has already invited him to a debate on June 17. Rosendale was the likely frontrunner ahead of the primary, but now the wild card to watch is President Trump and how involved he gets in this race.

  • The National Republican Senate Committee celebrated three wins in New Mexico, Mississippi, and New Jersey, where their preferred candidates won the primaries.

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect that a Democratic woman won her gubernatorial primary in New Mexico, not New Jersey.

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Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) meet Wednesday to discuss infrastructure. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The White House and a bipartisan group of senators struck a tentative deal on Wednesday for the framework of a roughly $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, Senate aides familiar with the negotiations told Axios.

What's next: The Senate group will brief President Biden at the White House on Thursday, though some details still need to be ironed out, the aides said.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will face a recall election later this year, California's Secretary of State confirmed Wednesday.

Why it matters: This will be the second time in California's history that a gubernatorial recall campaign has succeeded in getting on the ballot, out of a total of 55 attempts, per Bloomberg.

America's child care sticker shock

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Parents looking to return to the job market may find child care options have gotten pricier — and that's if they can enroll their kids at all.

Why it matters: The fate of the recovery partially relies on the return of parents who left the workforce to care for their children.

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