Term elections 2018: Trump makes final bid for votes

Jeannie Matthews
November 6, 2018

However, thunderstorms are forecast for Tuesday along the eastern coast, as well as snowstorms in the Midwest, which could affect turnout.

The party holding the White House has lost seats in the House in all but two elections in modern history. Trump, the GOP's chief messenger, warned that significant Democratic victories would trigger devastating consequences.

"It's all fragile. Everything I told you about, it can be undone and changed by the Democrats if they get in", Mr Trump told supporters on a telephone town hall meeting held by his re-election campaign. He added: "The Democrat agenda is a socialist nightmare".

"The Democrats, betting on a "Blue Wave", are hoping to regain control of the Senate and the House of Representatives: Based on the favourable margin in the polls, the historical precedence that the party in the White House loses in the mid-terms, and the narrative that there is "something to vote for", the conventional wisdom has become that the margin of the Democrats will be enough to flip the House". "It's an awakening of the Democratic Party".

If Republicans hang on to their majorities in the House and Senate after two years of protests and marches against the Trump administration, it would be a crushing blow to Democrats. Perhaps more important, they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.

Some Democrats have vowed to force the release of his tax returns.

Republicans are counting on Trump's frenetic campaign pace in the final days to help them retain or even expand their narrow Senate majority.

Who will win the election today? Democrats lead among women, younger voters, and black voters.

Both parties are working frantically as the election is being seen to be crucial to halt or support Trump's protectionist policies, considered regressive by the Democrats and valid by his supporters.

Democrats boast record diversity on the ballot.

But Trump, who began his 2016 presidential campaign by arguing that Mexico was sending "rapists" to the United States, faced similar criticism then and went on to win, and it's clear that he's going to run the same playbook again.

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The president spoke to reporters on the airport tarmac here alongside Donnelly's opponent, Republican Mike Braun, ensuring he would get his picture on TV and in the papers.

Democrats, meanwhile, have beat their drum on health care.

Former U.S. president Barack Obama stumped for Indiana Sen. But Trump appears to have put his finger on a very contentious spot in the American mind-space: people are anxious that the liberalism of the Democrats may work completely against the interests of those already living in the country.

Tuesday's results will be colored by the dramatically different landscapes in the fight for the House and Senate.

For other Democratic candidates, Trump links them to his favorite bogeymen across the aisle: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Rep. Maxine Waters.

Also a record number of women - 200 Democrats and 60 Republicans - are candidates for Congress, where they now hold only about 20 percent of the seats.

"I'm not pleased with Trump's leadership at all". "I think there will be no difference here".

'I don't think that's going to happen, ' he predicted.

"If we don't do so well tomorrow they will put me on the ticket, if we do well, they will say I wasn't on the ticket".

"One election won't eliminate racism, sexism or homophobia", Mr Obama said.

Democrats also threaten to recapture governors' offices in several battleground states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and OH, a potential help for the party in those states in the 2020 presidential race. She also backs Trump and said Republicans are moving in the right direction on health care.

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