Supporters of Donald Trump, some with “Women for Trump” placards, attend a rally given by the US president in Mississippi on Tuesday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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Gavin Newsom, the Democratic former mayor of San Francisco, emerged as the leading contender for the race as the state’s governor.  Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Democratic candidates are expected to be on the ballot in all but one California congressional district at the midterm US elections in November, after(...)