Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Term elections 2018: Trump makes final bid for votes

Barack Obama condemned Donald Trump without addressing him by name and Republicans for what he described as their divisive policies Barack Obama condemned Donald Trump without addressing him by name and Republicans for what he described as their divisive policies
Jean Garcia | 07 November, 2018, 02:21

Fundraising, polls and history were not on the president's side.

With terms of six years, about a third of the Senate is up for election every two years. For the first time in his presidency, he offered an actual answer when he was asked if he had any regrets. The outgoing Governor of Florida is Republican Rick Scott.

Election day - which is a working day and not a holiday in the USA - brought to a close one of the most vitriolic campaigns in U.S. history, with each day further dividing the nation that bears the name United States.

Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in a hotly contested gubernatorial election.

Massive early numbers - more than 38 million ballots have been cast ahead of Tuesday's polling day, compared with fewer than 20 million in 2014 - sparked optimism that heavy rain in the eastern United States would not depress turnout. "That said, it may be just as likely - or even more likely - that we're understating the Democrats in the House". Here is something with a broad base of support among voters of both parties, a commonsense idea that has no ideological component.

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.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation. While President Trump's focus on immigration has helped Republicans in some races, others fear that he has gone too far and alienated swing voters. In early voting in Florida, for instance, 40.1 per cent who voted early were registered Republicans, and 40.5 per cent registered Democrats, said media reports. He covers USA politics and current affairs.

It includes 35 senator positions and 36 state governors as well as all 435 members of the House of Representatives.

He and the first lady were to host an evening watch party for family and friends.

Others, like former MA governor Deval Patrick, California Senator Kamala Harris and former vice president Joe Biden, have been a little more active.

Since Donald Trump entered politics the Democrats have struggled to compete.

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King is in a tough race with his Democratic challenger Liuba Grechen Shirley, a 37-year-old mother of two.

"I'm not pleased with Trump's leadership at all". It'll all work out but I don't think that's going to happen'.

'I think we're going very well in the House. "I don't think Trump has done that at all". The May 2018 Voter Study Group survey found that only 41% meant to back Republicans for Congress despite their very high level of support for Trump.

"It could be bad for Republicans if he tries to do that", says Heye. "That's why our economy is growing like it is".

The political and practical stakes were sky-high.

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.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns. But one factor that could complicate things for GOP leaders is that most rank-and-file lawmakers have never served in the minority and are likely to be frustrated at how little they can do to stop bills through committees or on the House floor. These voters also backed Republicans for the Senate in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, allowing them to scrape to victory.

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

Americans are voting in nationwide elections that are being seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency.

Striking a dark tone at a rally in IN on Monday evening, Trump accused Democrats of "openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country". Democratic Senate incumbents are up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, West Virginia, and Montana - states Trump carried by 30 percentage points on average two years ago. A record number of women are also running for Senate, House, governorships and state legislative seats.

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