USA midterm elections: Polls open in key vote on Trump presidency

Tuesday, 06 Nov, 2018

On Tuesday, US voters will decide between President Donald Trump's take-no-prisoners rhetoric and the Democratic Party's super-charged campaign to end the Republicans' monopoly in Washington and state legislatures across the nation. Democrats would gain the power to thwart Republicans' legislative agenda, launch investigations into Trump's activities, subpoena his officials, obtain his tax returns, and, possibly, to impeach him at some point in the future.

The Congress is made up of the House of Representatives, where all 435 seats are up for grabs.

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Senate will remain red, as Republicans have an 81.5 percent chance of securing their hold on the chamber. Democrats are favored to win more House seats than they now have and they need an overall gain of 23 to retake the House majority. "He is trying to do what we have never seen in the modern history of this country, to do what he is doing right now, to gain votes by trying to divide the American people up based on where we came from", Sanders said on SiriusXM Progress radio. Republicans are favoured to maintain or slightly expand their slim 51-seat to 49-seat Senate advantage, and Trump's ability to strategically inflame white-working-class and rural conservatives may be a key factor.

Democrats have only a 19.5% chance of winning control of the Senate.

Even as networks refuse to run the ad, Trump still espouses the same message in it, often telling crowds at his rallies that the migrant caravan is full of risky people.

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"Democrats want to invite caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to pour into our country".

With a walking caravan of immigrants weeks away from reaching the border, Mr Trump dispatched more than 5,000 troops to the region.

"I feel, to a certain extent, I have no choice, but maybe I do, and maybe I could have been softer from that standpoint". "That is an invasion of our country".

As of Monday night, the elections prediction website FiveThirtyEight guessed that Democrats had a almost 80-percent chance of winning the House of Representatives.

Earlier in the day, Trump said during a tele-town hall organized by his re-election campaign that the media would treat the midterm results as a referendum on his presidency. But if the GOP loses its majority it will need to to go on defense to protect Trump. When you participate in the political process, you can be a check on bad behavior.

"It's going to depend on voter turnout on Election Day", she told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos over the weekend. Incumbent Democrat Tom O'Halleran's race moved from "Likely Democrat" to "Lean Democrat", as the freshmen member continues to defend a seat in a district President Donald Trump narrowly won in 2016.

"Our economy is beginning to sing", said Trump, who also highlighted massive trade deals: the USMCA with Canada and Mexico and KORUS with South Korea.

Facebook said it had blocked 115 accounts for suspected "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in the midterm elections. At the core, the goal they're pitching in the final stretch of the campaign is two more years of moving Trump's agenda and a focus on creating more jobs.

Well, I think it's a lot more complicated than that.

Recognizing that the concern about pre-existing conditions has galvanized voters regardless of party, Republicans have seized on it in the campaign's closing month, insisting that their plans would enshrine such protections. RealClearPolitics puts Trump's average approval at about 43 percent, with 53 percent disapproving.

Obama also appeared later on Sunday in his old home state of IL, which hosts a competitive governor's race and several tight U.S. House of Representative races.

On Twitter, he said the vote "might be the most important of our lifetimes".