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USA midterms battleground states: These are the election races to watch

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Russell Knight | 06 November, 2018, 18:54

Republicans are favoured to maintain or slightly expand their slim 51-seat to 49-seat Senate advantage, and Trump's ability to strategically inflame white-working-class and rural conservatives may be a key factor. Congressional investigations and potential impeachment proceedings, even though nominal, would likely use up significant bandwidth while a growing number of Democrats and even Republicans are likely to attempt reducing Presidential power in dealing with trade.

President Trump intensified his closing campaign argument Monday in three key midwestern states, urging voters to "stop the radical resistance in its tracks" and to protect the gains of his political movement as voters decide control of Congress.

"This first midterm, at this check-in moment, to have these different forces converge in different ways, to have the different loud landscape for the House and the Senate".

Having Republicans in control of both houses has been crucial to President Trump getting his tax cut through. and appointing two Supreme Court justices, to name just a few things.

Voters will "define the future, not just of Texas, but of this country, not just of this generation but every generation that follows", said Democrat Beto O'Rourke, a former punk band member challenging Senator Ted Cruz in traditionally deep-Republican Texas.

Sabato's Crystal Ball, a nonpartisan political newsletter run by the University of Virginia Centre for Politics, predicted the Democrats would gain 34 seats in the House, 11 more than the 23 they need to form a majority. Republicans now hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, though Democrats have a steep climb to flip the chamber given the nature of the map this year. It will also signify a shift from past cycles when they were reluctant to defend the ACA from Republican assaults because of its perceived unpopularity.

Given Trump's stunning victory in 2016, few were confident in their predictions.

FILE - People stand cast their ballots ahead of the November 6 election at Jim Miller Park, in Marietta, Ga., Oct. 27, 2018.

This eight point difference between them could well hand Democrats the House. "It's an awakening of the Democratic Party".

According to Decision Desk HQ's Scott Tranter, the Democrats have a 94.5% chance of winning the House while the Republicans have a 93.1% chance of keeping the Senate.

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The social media company shut down 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts and said it was investigating them in more detail.

Hoover oversaw a more than 40% stock-market wipeout in the year following the 1930 midterm election while the decline after Taft's 1910 midterm election was a more manageable 5.5%.

He added that if Democrats take the House, that would lead to new chairs on notable House committees, including Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on the House Oversight Committee and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on the House Intelligence Committee. "They could only go up. but we don't know where these ballots are going".

Reprising his frantic campaigning during the final days of his 2016 race, Trump was barnstorming the country with rallies in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, returning to the White House well after midnight. Two women are competing for the spot, Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

"The Democrats will do quite well in the House of Representatives, in the governorships and state legislatures".

"I think the Senate will be too much of an uphill climb".

"A vote for Marsha is really a vote for me and everything that we stand for", he said at an October event for Tennessee's Republican Senate nominee Marsha Blackburn. "They are lying to you".

The political realignment, defined by race, gender and education, could re-shape USA politics for a generation.

The charged atmosphere is expected to drive record turnout in some places, but on the eve of the election, it is far from certain which side will show up in the greatest numbers.

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