Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Term elections 2018: Trump makes final bid for votes

Shalala, Mucarsel-Powell flip Miami-Dade House seats to Democrats US voters give verdict on Donald Trump as control of Congress at stake
Patty Aguilar | 08 November, 2018, 19:33

With so much at stake, we here at CNN have identified 10 races that help explain the story of the 2018 midterms - and might offer hints about how things are likely to shake out on Election Night. But blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stances.

Democrats need to pick up two dozen seats on Tuesday to seize the House majority and two seats to control the Senate. Maybe the GOP narrowly holds the House, but Democrats keep the Senate close.

In the House, Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats. But it would be remarkable when you consider this: The GOP's redistricting advantage after the 2010 election was so huge that we wondered whether it was even possible that Democrats could win back the House.

The Republican party now has majority in both the Senate and the House and Trump and his team left no stone unturned to campaign in favour of his Republican party.

Democrats are hoping to achieve a "mid-term wave" - a sweeping victory that changes the shape of the political map in the US.

If they do win control of the House, Democrats will try to harden United States policy toward Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea, while maintaining the status quo on hot-button areas like China and Iran. It wasn't clear what "leaks" he was referring to. She is running in Michigan's 13th district House race and is now facing a last minute write-in challenge from the woman she defeated in August.

As one of the most volatile midterm elections in us history wound down, the Democrats drew ever closer to the 218 seats needed for a majority, with dozens of races still undecided.

Polling suggests the Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree. Barbara Comstock - among the most endangered GOP incumbents, branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats - lost to Jennifer Wexton, a prosecutor and state legislator.

Democrats boast record diversity on the ballot.

Voters were on track to send at least 99 women to the House, shattering the record of 84 now.

Three states could elect their first African-American governors, while several others were running LGBT candidates and Muslims.

Much will depend on how Trump reacts to what is undeniable a rebuke from voters two years into a presidency that has unfolded in institutional chaos, torn at racial and cultural divides and often trampled on truth and facts.

But this year, women ran for office in unprecedented numbers, mostly as Democrats and many as first-time candidates.

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But in the first midterm under Trump - an utterly unconventional President - there are many unknowns, above all the bottom-line impact of a President who has driven both supporters and foes to a rare fever pitch of emotion.

The results were more mixed deeper into Trump country.

Minnesota and MI may pave the way for the first Muslim women to be in Congress with candidates Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.

Retired fighter pilot Amy McGrath has given Republican incumbent Andy Barr his toughest test yet as he seeks a fourth term outside Lexington.

The result would be the GOP maintaining control of all the levers of power in Washington and having more room for error in the Senate, with a 53-47, 54-46 or even 55-45 majority. A Gillum victory in the biggest presidential battleground prize would give the progressive wing an added jolt as the early 2020 jockeying begins in earnest.

But two years after an election that proved polls and prognosticators wrong, nothing is certain on the eve of the first nationwide elections of the Trump presidency. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Missouri's Claire McCaskill went down to defeat.

Some hurt worse than others. An open seat that included Atlantic City was also ripe for Democratic pickup by state lawmaker Jeff Van Drew after the GOP campaign committee abandoned Republican Seth Grossman over racially charged comments.

"Typically, independents and younger voters tend to turn out less in these off-term, midterm congressional years", said Carleton University politics professor Melissa Haussman.

More than 60 percent of eligible voters took part in the 2016 vote, when the presidential race was on the ballot.

On Tuesday night, he called to congratulate Pelosi and acknowledged her plea for bipartisanship, the leader's spokesman said. 25 percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate.

Still, about one-third of voters said Trump was not a factor in their votes.

In a last-minute controversy, NBC, Fox News and Facebook on Monday pulled an ad by Trump's campaign that critics have labelled racist. They are the same five where Trump won by double digits in 2016. And in both cases, voters turned up to turf out long-standing Conservative governments - Stephen Harper in 2015 and Kim Campbell, who took over briefly for Brian Mulroney, 22 years earlier.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 percent by Gallup, was the lowest mark of any first-term president in the modern era.

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