Americans Prepare to Render Midterm Verdict on Trump

06 November, 2018, 18:56 | Author: Eric Barnett
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President Trump claimed Monday he is not concerned about House Democrats obtaining and releasing his tax returns if they win the House majority in Tuesday's midterm elections. Both parties are working frantically as the election is being seen to be crucial to halt or support Trump's protectionist policies, considered regressive by the Democrats and valid by his supporters.

Congressman Tom MacArthur of southern New Jersey, for example, is one of 67 vulnerable Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives who have voted to repeal Obamacare, according to Reuters.

Polling analyst Nate Silvers gave the Democrats a seven in eight chance of reclaiming the House, but just a one in six chance of winning a majority in the Senate.

"Things are pretty good, yet we have all this division and we have this president who's relatively unpopular, so we have this odd juxtaposition", said Kent State politics professor Michael Ensley, citing Trump's poor approval ratings despite a rollicking USA economy and the absence of any major foreign-policy challenges. Aside from Congressional and Senate races, the outcome of a slew of state gubernatorial races will also signal the mood of the electorate two years into Mr Trump's presidency, and two years before he seeks re-election in 2020.

Although unlikely, the Democrats could manage to flip the House of Reprenentatives and the Senate, taking full control of Congress.

Florida - The state's former Governor Rick Scott is running to unseat Democrat Senator Bill Nelson, with gun control issues dominating the debate.

Even as networks refuse to run the ad, Trump still espouses the same message in it, often telling crowds at his rallies that the migrant caravan is full of risky people.

While he is not on the ballot, Mr Trump has acknowledged that the 2018 mid-term elections represent a referendum on his presidency.

"Democrats want to invite caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to pour into our country". "No nation can allow its borders to be overrun".

While Trump is not on the ballot, the most polarizing U.S. president for decades has put himself at the center of every issue. "That is an invasion of our country".

Democrats, sensing an opportunity to regain control of the House of Representatives, have been aggressively beating the health-care drum, promising to defend health coverage for pre-existing conditions from what they predict will be a renewed Republican assault on the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats led with likely African-American voters (84% to 8%), Latinos (57% to 29%), voters between the ages of 18-34 (57% to 34%), women (55% to 37%) and independents (35% to 23%). "You got to go out to vote". When you participate in the political process, you can be a check on bad behavior.

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican leader, told NPR that fewer GOP members overall means "you don't have as many people that can just be free agents".

As of Sunday morning, nearly 34.4 million people had cast ballots early, according to the Election Project at the University of Florida, which tracks turnout.

President Donald Trump will speak at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday to gin up support for Republicans ahead of the midterms.

Also, the Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan, is stepping down.

"One election won't eliminate racism, sexism or homophobia", Mr Obama said during an appearance in Florida.

Well, I think it's a lot more complicated than that.

A federal court threw out this attempt in Georgia, allegedly a planned effort by Republican candidate for the post of governor, its current secretary of state Brian Kemp.

On the other side, Republicans led with voters between the ages of 50 and 64 (52% to 43%), men (50% to 43%) and whites (50% to 44%). RealClearPolitics puts Trump's average approval at about 43 percent, with 53 percent disapproving.

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


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