Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Markets | By Jeffery Armstrong

United States mid-term elections 2018: Americans vote in 'poll of a lifetime'

United States mid-term elections 2018: Americans vote in 'poll of a lifetime'

Trump will be holding his final three get-out-the-vote rallies Monday in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri - a day after stops in Tennessee and Georgia, where the president's closing argument to voters was on stark display as he sought to motivate complacent Republicans to the polls by stoking fears about the prospects of Democratic control. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take back the House, Democrats need to a net gain of two seats to flip the Senate and Democrats are expected to slice into Republicans' 33-16 advantage in governors' seats. Yet Democrats tempered expectations for a "blue wave", characterizing the fight for power as a block-by-block slog.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said during a recent interview that Democrats need to be able to "take a punch and throw a punch" once they retake Congress on Tuesday. Individual races "will be close", she said, but because of the "quality of our candidates" and emphasis on preserving health care, "I feel confident we will win". Given the stakes for his presidency, he might as well be. House editor for the Cook Political Report David Wasserman writes that a "Red Exodus" is boosting the Democrats' chances: "Of Republicans' 41 open seats, 15 are rated as Toss Ups or worse, and another five are only in Lean Republican".

By election day, FiveThirtyEight gave Clinton a 71% chance of winning the election, leaving Trump with a 29% chance of winning.

In Indiana and in Missouri, Trump invited Sanders and counselor Kellyanne Conway on stage to speak along with his daughter Ivanka Trump.

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Elections for all the members of the House are held every two years. It was a deliberate strategy to expand the playing field to about 80 districts, stretching beyond college-educated voters in the suburbs into regions where the party has seen its fortunes fade. Senate Republicans can continue to confirm judges at record rates. Hundreds of millions were spent by the parties, supplemented by more money from outside groups, to frame the debate.

These "San Francisco values" Pelosi is so proud to identify with are, of course, the very things that have left the national Democratic Party wobbling on the edge of progressive insanity. Candidates and their supporters are using the downtime to phone bank voters who still haven't voted and walk as many neighborhoods as possible. "It's not going to happen in one election". The representatives thus serve a two-year term, and the senators six years. After polls on the West Coast close at 11 p.m. ET, the last will close in Alaska at 1 a.m. ET. He is already talking about making deals with Democrats on infrastructure, something that could leave Republicans on the sidelines.

"If they lose this November, the civil war inside the Democratic Party is going to consume them for years and is going to make Donald Trump's re-election in 2020 a forgone conclusion", he said.

Those who believe in the dire message, particularly white conservative voters in the middle of the country often derided as flyover territory because it is so alienated from the more liberal, progressive, and economically vibrant coastal areas, are expected to vote Republican.

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In a suburban battleground in Atlanta, Republican Rep. Karen Handel won a costly special election earlier this cycle but faced an upstart challenge from Lucy McBath, whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed at a gas station. They have also campaigned on healthcare, warning that more people would lose coverage if Republicans held onto power.

Julie Hoeppner, a 67-year-old psychologist in IN, voted early for Republican candidates, also citing illegal immigration as a primary concern.

Trump spoke to reporters on a Fort Wayne airport tarmac with challenger Mike Braun, a businessman who has an ad on the air featuring Trump praising him.

Trump has stepped up his rhetoric on immigration ahead of the elections, focusing on a caravan of Central American migrants heading toward the United States.

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The state of California also has "San Francisco values" to thank for its new law reducing the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosure to a mere misdemeanor instead of a felony.

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