How the vote reflects on President Donald Trump

Pauline Gross
November 7, 2018

But with memories still fresh of Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, much uncertainty remains, with first results expected to trickle in around 6:00 pm Eastern time (2300 GMT).

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.

Democrats are favored to win more House seats than they now have and they need an overall gain of 23 to retake the House majority.

The same goes for polling in the 2018 midterms.

Right now, Republicans control the Senate by a slim 51 to 49 margin.

Our live results show the tally of seats won by Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.

Bade pointed out that, while GOP leaders have encouraged the president to steer his message towards the booming economy, Trump has been reluctant to veer away from the hardline immigration fear mongering that elevated him in 2016.

While Donald Trump is not on the ballot, the consequences for his presidency could be dramatic. "No nation can allow its borders to be overrun".

Problems with voting machines prevented Americans from casting ballots in a dozen states, U.S. rights advocates said, following complaints about registration problems, faulty equipment and intimidation they have received throughout early balloting.

"I am extremely happy with the economy", Gerlock said. "That is an invasion of our country". Democrat and former speaker Nancy Pelosi serves as House minority leader. Florida and Georgia, meanwhile, could make history by electing their states' first black governors - and leading Democrats such as former President Barack Obama made special pitches for Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia in the final days. "You vote, you might save a life".

Almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while one-in-four said they voted to express support for Trump.

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Voter turnout could be the highest for a midterm election in 50 years, experts predicted. Dean Heller versus Democrat Jacky Rosen in Nevada; Democrat Kyrsten Sinema versus Republican Martha McSally in Arizona; Democratic Sen.

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".

And the sudden emergence of a huge caravan of migrants heading toward the United States border just before the election has also fired up both bases, but especially conservatives who are concerned about border security. "I think there will be no difference here". Polling experts FiveThirtyEight now project that there is an 86% chance - or six in seven - that Trump will lose control of the House. RealClearPolitics puts Trump's average approval at about 43 percent, with 53 percent disapproving.

"Because America has voluntary voting, not like Australia's compulsory voting, a lot more of it involves convincing your side to turn out and vote, rather than convincing undecided voters in the centre to support you", Dr Shaun Ratcliff from the US Studies Centre told "That is particularly true when a president is unpopular, as this president is".

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.

Historically, though, Republicans are more reliable voters in midterm elections.

"Which is a big difference", she said.

Women voted considerably more in favor of their congressional Democratic candidate - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for the Republican, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 113,000 voters and about 20,000 nonvoters - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

The Republicans have long claimed that they are the party of the military. "Anything that gets done will have to be a bipartisan basis".

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", Trump told a crowd Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.

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