Divided America to cast midterm verdict on Trump's Presidency

Trump midterm campaign rally

Trump midterm campaign rally

With a characteristic mix of folksiness, bombast and sometimes cruel humour, he says voters must choose between his stewardship of a booming economy and what he claims would be the Democrats' extreme-left policies.

For other Democratic candidates, Trump links them to his favorite bogeymen across the aisle: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Rep. Maxine Waters. Both Trump critics and supporters are keen to make their opinions known in the polls about the controversial United States leader's first two years in office.

Trump is also hammering away at the anxieties of women voters.

Bernie Sanders, the leftist populist who some feel would have had a better chance than Clinton to take on Trump in 2016, lashed out Monday at the president, calling him a "pathological liar".

There are very obvious downsides to Republicans' losing the House for Trump.

In the House of Representatives (the Congress), elections are on for all 435 seats.

The five are all now Republican-held, generally speaking in more conservative parts of California - one in the state's Central Valley and four either entirely or partly in Orange County. On government intervention in the economy and on general moral issues, they are firmly in the middle.

Some Republicans worry that Trump's focus on racial identity politics so close to the election is undercutting their message to swing voters on subjects like the economy and health care.

But in Indiana, Obama said Republicans were taking credit for the economic renewal that started under his presidency.

Trump blasted Democrats over immigration during a recent rally in Chattanooga. The news since then probably reinforced these views - in particular, the president's renegotiation of the Nafta treaty, which fulfills one of his promises to this group, and his opposition to the caravan of Central American migrants, which reinforces another.

Support for the president has not, however, automatically translated into support for Republicans.

At an earlier rally in Ohio Trump said: "The Democrat agenda is a socialist nightmare for our country".

Turnout will be key in determining how well Democrats and Republicans perform, and the survey found that significantly more Democrats are "angry" about the midterm elections.

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For nearly two years, Trump's rule-breaking, sometimes chaotic administration has enjoyed a largely free hand from the twin Republican-controlled chambers, but the midterms could finally see his wings clipped.

In the run-up to vote Mr Trump has sent thousands of soldiers to the Mexican border, suggested that illegal immigrants who throw stones should be shot, and told Americans that the Democrats would turn the country into a crime-and-drugs black hole.

The evidence so far is mixed regarding how these voters will break. In the 2010 midterms, the Democrats, with Mr Obama in office, lost 63 seats. That's nowhere near as well as they were doing in the GOP/Clinton seats, where Democrats led virtually all of the contests. But despite that slim Republican majority, 10 Democratic senators are fighting for reelection in states Mr. Trump won in 2016, meaning the odds are stacked in favor of the GOP.

The Senate is a different story.

Trump blamed the political vitriol on election season. Democrats furthermore lead in three of the five states that backed both Romney and Trump.

The second is that it gives Trump a boogeyman - or, more apt, a boogeywoman.

Keeping control of the House would validate President Trump's governing style and mean full speed ahead for Hill Republicans to move his agenda.

These figures may paint too rosy of a picture for the Democrats, however.

Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to suppress turnout among racial minorities in states like Georgia, where Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is overseeing his own election.

The report showed only one race had shifted in favour of the Republicans - Arizona's 1st district, from "likely Democrat" to "leaning Democrat".

Tuesday is Election Day.

Control of the House comes with subpoena power and the ability to use it to get his returns and potentially make them public.

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