What's at stake in the United States mid-term elections

What's at stake in the United States mid-term elections

But the angry tone has also turned off swaths of Americans.

Democrats for months have been favored by forecasters to win control of the House, where they need to net 23 seats to secure a majority. Republicans are favoured to maintain or slightly expand their slim 51-seat to 49-seat Senate advantage, and Trump's ability to strategically inflame white-working-class and rural conservatives may be a key factor. "This is a referendum on the party in power".

In the House, the Fox News Power Rankings reflect 29 "toss-up" races.

Former US vice president Joe Biden, who voted earlier today in DE, said he would be "dumbfounded" if the Democrats do not win control of the House. Around 30 races considered tossups by the Cook Political Report are still "startlingly close", according to interviews carried out by the Times and Siena College. "That's not impossible, but it's very hard".

"We have long cautioned against assuming the House was a done deal for the Democrats, and we don't think readers should be stunned if things go haywire for Democrats tomorrow night", Crystal Ball editor-in-chief Larry Sabato and managing editor Kyle Kondik wrote. Republicans hope he can help GOP Rep. Mia Love over the line in her toss-up race in the 4th District. Democrats could also make significant progress in the investigations of Trump's possible collusion with Russian Federation and of his tax returns. There are also Senate races in Texas and Arizona, two big Democratic targets, which will nearly certainly be determinative of who controls the Senate. Joe Donnelly versus Republican Mike Braun in IN; and Democratic Sen.

Democrats would need all five of those races to go their way presuming they hold the seats they're expected to, plus pick up a seat in a longshot like Texas or Tennessee or MS to claim a majority. Turnout will be much higher than for the 2014 midterms and, possibly, higher than for any midterm election since 1914.

Several districts on the East Coast with early poll closing times were among those watched Tuesday for signs of the electorate's mood.

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But if the Democrats wrest control of one or both chambers, they could stymie or even reverse Mr Trump's plans. Ahead of the vote, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi confidently predicted last week that Democrats would indeed win back the House.

"Let me say this". "I'm not saying we know for sure it's going to be a repeat, but a lot of the polls heading into the final weekend of 2016 suggested it was neck-and-neck as it is now in a lot of these Senate battles, it was in the presidential race; and then the president was doing those rallies, he had real momentum and that's what really propelled him in states like Wisconsin, Florida... that late surge that a lot of the pollsters missed". "I feel confident we will win, it's just a question of the size of victory".

"In the end, we hold the House because of the strong economy", the Louisiana Republican told The Associated Press on the eve of Election Day. Pelosi has said impeachment is "not a priority", at least not until Special Counsel Robert Mueller announces the conclusions of his probe into the Trump administration's alleged dealings with Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump landed in IN for a campaign rally and took a low-key posture on the prospect of a Democratic takeover - saying he doesn't care if they try to force the release of his taxes and he'll just work "differently" if they win. "Trump has hijacked the election", one senior House Republican aide tells Politico.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., likely would be elevated to chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, where she now serves as ranking member. Another top California Democratic representative, Adam Schiff, would likely rise to chair the House Intelligence Committee, where he is now the ranking member.

"After 11 rallies in 8 states and weeks of campaigning for Republican candidates, the President will spend today making phone calls, monitoring Congressional, Senate and Gubernatorial races across the country and meeting with his political team for real-time updates", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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