Races to watch in USA midterm elections 2018

07 November, 2018, 08:18 | Author: Brooke Harris
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All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs. Democrat Joe Sam Queen is ahead in his bid to return to the House from the western mountains.

Despite a seemingly energized grassroots electorate, the Democratic Party has been viewed as a long shot to take back control of the Senate where Republicans now hold a narrow majority of 51 seats to 49 seats for Democrats.

And thanks to Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have no trouble maneuvering for votes for President Trump's next Supreme Court pick.

Of those, 26 are already held by Democrats, which is why many are tipping Republicans to retain their slim majority. Democrats won half of the seats they needed to claim House control with dozens additional competitive contests remaining.

Indications of a moderate blue wave follow historic trends and show voters wanted a Democratic check against President Donald Trump in Washington.

"Democrats are inviting caravan after caravan, illegal immigrants to flood into our country", he said at a rally on the election's eve Monday.

"I just feel like if I want to be part of the conversation on either side, I want to be able to say, 'Hey I voted'".

Curbelo, a moderate and critic of President Donald Trump, was trying to defy the political winds against Trump.

Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, US rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting. "I just want to keep everything moving, because I'm loving it". When you participate in the political process, you can be a check on bad behavior. The president urged supporters to "pretend" he was on the ballot.

While the occupant of the White House is typically central to midterm elections, Trump has worked especially hard to make this one about him. "Americans, by and large, like the idea of checks and balances under our constitution and our system, and with Republican House, Senate and White House, this is a feeling that this has gone out of whack". No Lying Ted victory lap, inviting Sunshine State Governor to be Ron DeSantis to Mar-a-Lago for burgers.

But winning the popular vote will not necessarily be enough - just ask Hillary Clinton, who beat Trump by nearly three million votes but still lost the 2016 election.

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A full picture of the voting results will not emerge for hours, with numerous most important races considered toss-ups heading into Election Day. "I think there will be no difference here".

He and other Democrats understand the pitfalls of overreach following the Republicans' partisan excesses during the presidency of Barack Obama.

They also could force Trump to scale back his legislative ambitions, possibly dooming his promises to fund a border wall with Mexico, pass a second major tax-cut package or carry out his hardline policies on trade.

Overall, Donald Trump's approval rating among the electorate sits at 4 percent - which is almost spot-on the current RealClear Politics poll average of 43.6 percent.

A majority of the 113,000 voters surveyed said the country is headed in the wrong direction. Perhaps more important, they would win subpoena power to investigate Trump's many personal and professional missteps. "That is particularly true when a president is unpopular, as this president is".

Voters cast their ballots for Early Voting at the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, California.

Historically, though, Republicans have been more reliable voters in midterm elections.

Carlos Gallinar, an El Paso resident, said he planned to vote for O'Rourke because of "the negative energy coming out of Washington and this president".

Nevertheless, a series of firsts across the country signaled voters accepted unconventional candidates in an unconventional time in American history, electing two Native Americans, two Muslim women, two Latina women in Texas and the nation's first openly gay governor.

"The House has been a rubber stamp for the Trump agenda".

Goodstein, however, still believes that Trump "is uniquely disfavored" and numerous voters who strongly disapprove of Trump will take to the polls, allowing the Democrats to regain the House of Representatives.


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