Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

The 2018 Midterm Races You Should Pay Attention To

The 2018 Midterm Races You Should Pay Attention To

Democrats could derail Mr Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate.

Bredesen is running against Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn for Tennessee's open U.S. Senate seat in the state's top race. The Republicans had an advantage in Senate races because elections were held for only 35 seats in the 100-member chamber and many of them were in states that often lean Republican.

Anxious Republicans have privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but fear the House is slipping away.

In one example, voter turnout in a critical swing district in Florida was 87% of what it was in 2016, when Trump won the presidency.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Rep. Dave Brat was in a tight race with Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Trump has framed the elections as a choice between law and order maintained by Republicans and an out-of-control Democratic mob, while focusing heavily on hardline immigration campaign promises, including a legally dubious pledge to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants born in the US. In suburban Chicago, Republican Representative Peter Roskam, a key architect of the 2017 tax overhaul, was defeated by Democrat Sean Casten. The winners included Democrat Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor who ran for a suburban Newark seat.

A turbulent election season that has tested President Donald Trump's slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era. In the final days, he sought to motivate supporters with the battle over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh - at one point mocking a woman who claimed the judge had sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

AP VoteCast also shows a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes.

The President planned to have dinner with his family and to watch the results, which could have a profound impact on the rest of his term and could reshape Washington's balance of power, in the residence of the White House.

Americans are turning out in record numbers to have their say on President Trump.


Polls for the USA midterms in some states will begin closing in the coming hours. Two-thirds of voters said that they decided how to vote before the last month of the election.

Voters between the ages of 18 and 34 backed Democrats by 62 percent to 34 percent, up from 2014 when 54 percent backed Democrats and 36 percent supported Republicans.

Political gridlock between the White House and Congress could hinder Trump's pro-business agenda and raise concerns about U.S. political instability, but investors may have already priced this in. Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who advocates gun control, poured millions into House races for Democrats, offsetting the big-dollar spending to save Republicans by the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan. His approval rating - 39% in the latest CNN poll - is within the range where the President's party typically suffers heavy losses on Capitol Hill. That was during Republican President Ronald Reagan's first term, when turnout among Democrats rose at twice the rate of increase among Republicans, according to Pew Research Center, resulting in a net gain of 26 seats for Democrats in the House. Wexton is part of a "blue wave" of Democrats who are expected to flip the House.

"We're going to win, based on data", Pelosi of California said at the Democratic campaign headquarters in Washington.

Both sides agree, at least privately, that Republicans are strongly favored to keep control of the Senate, where the electoral map is highly favorable to them. Like other Democrats across the country, Spanberger emphasized protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage or charged more by insurers. Twenty-five percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election.

"Ever since President Trump has been in office, it has just been not the country that I am used to or that I thought I would be in", said Sarah Roth, 22, a Democratic voter from Minnetonka, Minnesota. The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks.

"It's all fragile. Everything I told you, it can be undone and changed by Democrats if they get in", Trump told supporters during a telephone town-hall organized by his campaign before Air Force One took off for Cleveland. "Today, we say enough".

"If the Democrats really believe that this President is controlled by Russian Federation, then why do they say nothing about it?" "Now we just need to heal the country so they can all work together".

Experts expect the state's 2nd, 9th and 13th congressional districts - George Holding vs. Linda Coleman; Mark Harris vs. Dan McCready; and Ted Budd vs. Kathy Manning, respectively - to be North Carolina's tightest House races.

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