USA midterm elections: A blue wave or a red rally?

Barack Obama condemned Donald Trump without addressing him by name and Republicans for what he described as their divisive policies

Today millions of Americans are heading to the polls for the 2018 midterm elections, which many believe will be a crucial verdict on President Donald Trump's first two years in office. The US leader also acknowledged the significance of the midterm elections for his presidency.

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. Another 35 USA senate seats are in play, as well as nearly 40 gubernatorial votes and the balance of power in virtually every state chamber.

In the battle for the Senate, Democrats are defending seats in 10 states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, including a handful that he won by double digits. Republicans voted to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, and Mr. Trump at one point mocked the accuser during a rally.

In the midst of a six-day national blitz of rallies ahead of Tuesday's election, Trump will also appear later on Sunday in Tennessee, which hosts a vital U.S. Senate race. "I heard Democrats want to give illegals the right to vote". "No nation can allow its borders to be overrun. I believe his cover has led to much of the degradation in our political discourse". "That is an invasion of our country".

The Democrats would need to win two more Senate seats to gain control of the Senate.

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.

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. But if the GOP loses its majority it will need to to go on defense to protect Trump.

"Health care is on the ballot", former President Barack Obama told Democratic volunteers in Virginia.

"The election tomorrow is very vital because it really is summing up what we've done".

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A nonpartisan poll has shown a big shift towards the Democrats with analysts suggesting a "blue wave" could cause a major disruption for Mr Trump.

The election near the halfway mark of a president's first term is traditionally a referendum on the White House occupant.

And the weeks leading up to Election Day were spotted with a string of violent incidents, including the deadly shooting rampage of a Pittsburgh synagogue and a series of pipe bombs being mailed to some of Trump's most prominent critics.

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", he said in Ohio. "I think there will be no difference here". Should Abrams win, she would become the first African-American woman to be a governor of a USA state.

An ABC News poll this week placed his job approval at 40 percent, while CNN's final survey put him at 39 percent, worst of any president heading into his first midterm, in records dating back to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 3% of likely voters said they would choose another candidate while 6% were undecided. "That is particularly true when a president is unpopular, as this president is".

While Mr Trump is prepared to claim victory if his party retains senate control, at least one prominent ally fears that losing even one chamber of congress could be disastrous.

This looks increasingly unlikely, but Donald Trump's position has been cited as a core reason people are voting against the Republicans in the House.

Should Democrats take the House, they will be able to block party-line legislation and chair several critical committees with appropriations and subpoena power, making it hard for the president to unilaterally decide what priorities to fund, and opening him and his aides to investigation on countless fronts. "Anything that gets done will have to be a bipartisan basis".

If Democrats take control, they can limit what he does in the rest of his two years.

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