USA midterm polls start to open: Who will control Congress?

Jeff Roberson  APPresident Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro Ill. Oct. 27 2018

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

The comments came as Trump prepared for a final, three-state rally blitz as he tries to keep Congress in Republican control and stave off losses that could profoundly change his presidency.

He reminded supporters to help preserve "fragile" Republican victories that could be wiped out by Democratic gains in Congress.

"Later this evening, the President and First Lady have invited family and friends to join them in the residence as they watch election returns". He added: "The Democrat agenda is a socialist nightmare".

The comments marked the starkest indication that Trump has grown less optimistic about the GOP's chances of retaining control of the House, where Republicans face greater headwinds than in the Senate.

The president has also repeatedly referred to Stacey Abrams, a Yale Law School graduate who served as the minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives and would be the first black woman to serve as governor if she wins, as "not qualified". "It's an awakening of the Democratic Party".

For nearly two years, Trump's rule-breaking, sometimes chaotic administration has enjoyed a free hand from the twin Republican controlled chambers, but the midterms could see him forced to face an opposition with real teeth.

Perhaps more importantly, they would also win subpoena power to investigate the president's many personal and professional mis-steps.

"We'll just have to work a little bit differently", he told reporters when asked how he'd live with a Democrat-controlled chamber.

If ever there was an off-year election for younger voters to break tradition, this is it. "They know that to win re-election they've got to win Florida and OH".

Donald Trump isn't on the ballot it today's election. And among white men without college degrees, Republicans led 65% to 30%. Instead of blanket attacks on Trump, Democrats can focus on individual members' records.

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"The Democrats will do quite well in the House of Representatives, in the governorships and state legislatures". Along with these, a host of local posts are also up for elections in various states.

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Sending thousands of troops to the US-Mexico border to counter a migrant "invasion", questioning the validity of birthright citizenship, and spreading stories of scandalous murders by undocumented immigrants: Trump and his Republicans are making immigration a closing argument of the campaign.

Democrats, meanwhile, have beat their drum on health care. In Virginia, former President Barack Obama told Democratic campaign volunteers that "the character of this country is on the ballot". "Health care for millions of people".

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

If Democrats prevail in the House, as polls and pundits predict, their ability to avoid getting bogged down in national debates over Trump, or his incendiary rhetoric, may have played a large part.

"So ultimately, if we're going to have a smaller team I think we're going to have a more united team", he says.

Well, I think it's a lot more complicated than that.

"If trade frictions reduce, that allows the market focus to shift back on strong USA growth; and also ease pressure on global growth and in our view would lead to a stronger eventual rally".

Handel, elected in a special election a year ago, is facing headwinds from a gubernatorial contest that is energizing Democrats in her north Atlanta district. "Following the controversy surrounding the Senate confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Generic Congressional Ballot was tied for two weeks, but then Democrats moved back ahead".

Trump's minions are counting on enthusiasm about core issues to trigger strong conservative voter turnout that preserves their majorities in Congress.

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