Obama to rally for IN senator who backs Trump policies

Jeannie Matthews
November 4, 2018

Given the stakes for his presidency, he might as well be. Partisan gridlock. A warning shot for his re-election bid. They will determine not just who controls Congress, but how American politics changes after these consequential midterms. A White House that has struggled to stay on course under favorable circumstances would be tested in dramatic ways.

Mr Trump's campaign stops were aimed at bolstering Republicans challenging incumbent Democratic senators in West Virginia and in, states he won in the 2016 presidential election.

The White House did not reveal for whom the Trumps cast their ballots.

It's a sign of tribal divisions that are driving much of what has happened in the 2018 campaign, and voters will resolve what remains to be seen - the outcome.

Independents, non-partisan and other parties made up 21 percent of the early turnout. It comes amid a frenzy of hardline immigration proposals pushed out by Trump in the final stages of the campaign, including sending troops to the border and revoking birthright citizenship. "I'll just figure it out".

McSally's Democratic opponent is Kyrsten Sinema, 42, a three-term member of the House of Representatives who spent several years of her childhood in poverty after her parents divorced.

"I can tell you that it's definitely part of a divide-and-conquer strategy that a lot of politicians, including the president, have used successfully in the past", Curbelo said Thursday on CNN.

In a similar notion, a Red Wave would be the Republicans maintaining a majority in the House. First among them would be a potentially bitter leadership fight in the House to replace retiring Speaker Paul Ryan. But he's also insisted he won't accept any blame if the GOP loses ground on Tuesday.

"Clearly there's an terrible lot on the line in terms of the legislative agenda", said Republican consultant Josh Holmes.

Scenario 3: (Least likely): Democrats take hold of both the Senate and the House.

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Instead of impeachment, Democrats plan to tighten the screws by mounting an investigative blitz against the White House and Russian interests. That could give Democrats a degree of power they haven't wielded in years. They view House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as a potent foil for Trump, and believe they can tag the party responsibility for Washington dysfunction.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller is seeking a second full term against Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen in the one true battleground state that features a Republican incumbent.

"The peril is subpoenas, investigations, legal bills and headaches", he said.

In Missouri - which Trump won by 18 points in 2016 - Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, 65, is facing a strong challenge from Republican attorney general Josh Hawley. Jon Tester, a Democrat.

"Dangerous illegal criminals like cop-killer Luis Bracamontes don't care about our laws", the narrator says against footage of the caravan, which remains hundreds of miles from the southern border.

Many recalled the infamous "Willie Horton" campaign ad from the 1988 presidential election between George H.W. Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis.

The closing days of the campaign have been marked by Trump's increasingly strident rhetoric on immigration. Libertarian Party candidate "Lucy Brenton is the true anti-tax conservative".

The video stood in stark contrast to an ad circulated by the Trump campaign earlier in the week that highlighted rosy economic numbers and depicted gauzy scenes of American suburban life. "There's a chance to try and win them back over".

Democrats have gone from being optimistic to confident that they will take back the House of Representatives following the midterm elections.

If the party can't repeat its 2017 upset in Alabama in 2020, it could instead defeat unpopular Republican senators in Kansas or Kentucky, reverse a close 2014 Republican victory in Alaska or flip traditionally-blue Maine.

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