Election Day to test Democratic resistance in Trump era

Mr Trump accused the ex-leader of breaking promises and Mr Obama said the president was 'fear-mongering'

Image Mr Trump accused the ex-leader of breaking promises and Mr Obama said the president was 'fear-mongering'

President Donald Trump, his shadow hanging over midterm elections that will determine the future of his administration, used his final campaign pitch to ask voters to help preserve "fragile" GOP victories that could be erased by Democratic gains in Congress.

Facebook said it blocked 115 accounts for suspected "coordinated inauthentic behavior" linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in Tuesday's USA midterm elections. The president also said soldiers would use lethal force against migrants who throw rocks, before later reversing himself.

The Democrats need to take 23 seats from the Republicans to win control of the House, and if the polls are any guide, they should succeed. "That said, it may be just as likely - or even more likely - that we're understating the Democrats in the House". Yet Democrats tempered expectations for a "blue wave", characterizing the fight for power as a block-by-block slog.

If they do win control of the House, Democrats will try to harden United States policy toward Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea, while maintaining the status quo on hot-button areas like China and Iran. I feel confident about women, and many men, who say 'My daughter can now do this and that and this because of you.' I don't spend too much time thinking about it ... Given the stakes for his presidency, he might as well be.

At least 64 House races remain competitive, according to a Reuters analysis of the three top nonpartisan forecasters, and Senate control was expected to come down to a half dozen close contests in Arizona, Nevada, Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana and Florida.

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

When Blackburn took the stage briefly, she told supporters, "If you want to vote no to Hillary Clinton and her cronies one more time, stand with me".

"The House has been a rubber stamp for the Trump agenda". A president who often battles his own party, would face a far less forgiving opposition.

The US holds congressional elections 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.

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Likely Senate outcome: Republicans hold on to the Senate. Hundreds of millions were spent by the parties, supplemented by more money from outside groups, to frame the debate.

Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball published its final predictions on Monday, which included Democrats forecast to net 34 House seats and capture control of the lower chamber. Whenever a voter on the line said they were backing Democrats, volunteers rang a bell and burst into cheers. Trump had been tweeting support for specific GOP candidates, even as he acknowledged potential losses by emphasizing that his focus was on the Senate.

Trump, however, has seized this allegedly unconnected-to-the-elections caravan in his inimitable style. After polls on the West Coast close at 11 p.m. ET, the last will close in Alaska at 1 a.m. ET. In that scenario, Democrats would only need to win eight of the 30 races in Toss Up to win control (they now hold one Toss Up, Minnesota's 1st CD). She was expected to lose to political newcomer Jennifer Wexton.

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.

That is reflected in the early vote totals for these midterms, which are high. "Cordray, a bad person who will do a awful job", Trump told the crowd.

Polling started in the eastern states including Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia at 6:00 am (local time), amidst last-ditch effort by President Donald Trump to retain a majority in the House of Representatives.

Another 36 states will also elect governors as well as numerous seats in their state legislatures.

Of the 35 seats up for grabs, 26 are held by Democrats and nine by Republicans.

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