How Trump plans to spend Election Day

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The most recent record in voter turnout during congressional midterm elections, when the White House was not on the line, came in 1982, when 49 percent of the voting-age population showed up to vote, according to the US Census Bureau.

Besides stymieing the Trump agenda, a Democratic victory in the House could allow Democrats to launch multiple committee investigations of the Trump administration and possibly even impeachment proceedings. They mobilized on the grassroots level and played larger roles as donors than in previous election cycles.

"If the radical Democrats take power they will take a wrecking ball to our economy and our future", Trump declared in Cleveland, using the heated rhetoric that has defined much of his presidency. The race was considered a toss-up.

Trump waited until late in the night to weigh in on the midterm vote, tweeting a succinct message that overlooked expected Democratic gains in the House, writing: "Tremendous success tonight".

A total of 155 Republican incumbents are defending House seats in districts Trump won by double digits in 2016.

As it stands, Republicans control both the House and the Senate, which is to say that Trump should have very little problem achieving what he wants. The new congressional term begins in January 2019.

Even passing many bills will be hard for the Senate.

American voters poured out across their bitterly divided country Tuesday to deliver judgment on Donald Trump in midterm polls where opposition Democrats hope to seize at least partial control of Congress.

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All 50 states and Washington DC will go to the polls, and voter turnout is expected to be high.

The Senate consists of 100 members, two from each state.

While the occupant of the White House is typically central to midterm elections, Trump has worked especially hard to make this one about him.

Almost 40 per cent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 per cent said they voted to express support for Trump. "The President has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country", Sanders said.

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If ever there was an off-year election for younger voters to break tradition, this is it.

After a hectic week of campaigning, Trump spent Tuesday at the White House awaiting exit polls and final results.

Trump, though, nearly assuredly will face an avalanche of investigations into his tax returns, his payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and his relationship with Russian Federation if Democrats win back the House - which comes with the much-coveted power to subpoena and launch congressional investigations. An emphatic result for either party in such a swing-state would represent significant momentum going into the 2020 presidential election.

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It would take a disastrous showing for Republicans to lose control of the Senate since most of the endangered lawmakers up for re-election are Democrats from conservative states like Indiana, West Virginia, Montana and North Dakota, where Trump won big two years ago and is still wildly popular.

Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, while Omar came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, and their victories in Democratic primaries were hailed as symbolically important earlier this year. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls". "I just couldn't believe it", he said, referring to Senate hearings were held where Kavanaugh was accused of sexually assaulting a woman when they were both teenagers. Those two elections in 1994 and 2006 saw voters change the majority party in the Senate and House at the same time.

Voters are feeling better about the state of the economy than they have since before the Great Recession of 2008.

Republicans have held a supermajority in the state legislature and controlled 10 of North Carolina's 13 U.S. House seats.

Carol Burton, another Democratic voter says she voted against the Republicans: "We need a curb on Trump, there won't be any checks on him if Republicans win".

"Most [Democratic candidates] were talking about the fact that if Donald Trump is in charge, Americans who have preexisting conditions or any kind of health challenge for themselves or their family, won't be able to buy health care", he said.

"I think everyone was bracing for any possible, insane scenario to show itself tonight but it basically looks like the baseline consensus forecast was correct", said Michael Purves, head of equity derivatives strategy at Weeden & Co, New York. "Now we just need to heal the country so they can all work together". His campaign team created an advertisement focused on the caravan that was so racially charged that major TV networks pulled it. Yet it may be effective in largely rural states where he remains popular and where numerous closest Senate races are playing out.

The campaign will be the most expensive midterm in history, projected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics to exceed US$5 billion.

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