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Health care, immigration and economy top issues as Americans cast midterm votes

07 November 2018, 03:00 | Austin Hogan

Political Cornflakes: 'Trump has hijacked the election': Republicans worry the president's charged immigration rhetoric will cost them the House

To measure the real base of California's Republican support look no further than Trump's approval numbers

As Election Day drew near, Democrats were increasingly confident, predicting they would pick up at least the 23 seats needed for the majority on the strength of voter enthusiasm, robust fundraising and unusually fresh candidates.

United States politics expert, Dr James D. Boys, speaking to LBC, said that is more likely that a Republican challenger will get in the way of Trump securing a second term in the White House. Yet Democrats tempered expectations for a "blue wave", characterizing the fight for power as a block-by-block slog. "Up until today, I would've said, 'If the election were held today, we would win, '" Pelosi said on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" last week. Given the stakes for his presidency, he might as well be.

Republicans enjoy a slim 51-49 edge in the Senate and are favored to hang on to their majority since Democrats are defending 26 seats, and Republicans only nine.

By election day, FiveThirtyEight gave Clinton a 71% chance of winning the election, leaving Trump with a 29% chance of winning.

Clinton's 2016 loss was confusing to many.

"The big picture is that midterm elections go against the president's party", noted John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.

Georgia offers two key races in the Atlanta suburbs - one of which is the 6th District, which was the site of a hotly contested special election a year ago that Republicans held, but polls show the race is even tighter this time around.

On November 6th Americans will vote for the first time since Donald Trump won the presidency. It was a deliberate strategy to expand the playing field to about 80 districts, stretching beyond college-educated voters in the suburbs into regions where the party has seen its fortunes fade. Hundreds of millions were spent by the parties, supplemented by more money from outside groups, to frame the debate.

Republicans hadn't publicly given up hope Tuesday though that they could pull off a victory, and continued making their push to voters.

Often the candidates Trump has traveled to support seem like supporting actors in the theater of his rallies, though in the final days of the campaign Trump has been more generous in his praise of Republicans he wishes to see elected. "It's not going to happen in one election".

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Obama has been their most effective voice in this midterm campaign, but he has already served two terms as president.

In Utah, get ready for a poll-close call that announces Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, as the next senator from Utah. 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. She was expected to lose to political newcomer Jennifer Wexton. In many cases they're running against career politicians.

Republicans were also being challenged outside Norfolk, where Rep. Scott Taylor faced Elaine Luria in the GOP stronghold. Days later, an avid Trump supporter was arrested for mailing pipe bombs to prominent critics of the president, all of whom Trump routinely derides as "evil" and "un-American".

All 435 House of Representative seats are in play.

Both President Trump and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned of voter fraud and illegal voting in Tuesday's elections, even though such allegations in 2016 proved to be largely phony and aimed at glossing over the fact that he lost the popular vote by more than three million votes.

The state of California also has "San Francisco values" to thank for its new law reducing the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosure to a mere misdemeanor instead of a felony. Five of those seven seats were also held by Republicans. Democrat Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor, was favored for a suburban Newark seat that became open after the sudden retirement of the powerful chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

In Texas, Democrats are hoping to win their first Senate seat in 30 years. He returned to the White House in the wee hours of the morning after headlining final campaign rallies in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, and planned to spend Election Day at the White House but out of public view.

The GOP has a 47-vote advantage in the House; the Democrats would need to win 24 seats to take control.

As for Republicans, what has the GOP done with control of the legislature for the past two years, with the exception of a single unpopular tax cut?

I have no doubt that putting Trump and goodness knows how many of his associates, cronies, hangers-on, and toadies through years of pointless hearings will be satisfying for some earnest partisans.



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