2018 could be known as the vote of the 'ticked off'

2018 could be known as the vote of the 'ticked off'

2018 could be known as the vote of the 'ticked off'

Americans are heading to the polls for a pivotal midterm election seen as a referendum on the first two years of the volatile presidency of Donald Trump.

"So if you want more caravans and you want more crime, vote Democrat, it's very simple", Trump said.

"If you look back through the last 50 or 60 years of USA history, if you are an incumbent President, the chances are you will be re-elected and there is a strong pattern of the United States two terms for one party, two terms for the other".

And the Democrats also are "ticked off" that Robert Mueller hasn't issued a special counsel report that would nail Trump. "That said, it may be just as likely - or even more likely - that we're understating the Democrats in the House". "It's all fragile", he said on the call.

"The midterm history is pretty stark in that the president's party usually loses ground in the midterms and it is usually a question of how much ground they lose", said University of Virginia analyst Kyle Kondik. The Democrats stand little chance of winning the Senate, but with this new breed of candidate they could take control of the house. He covers US politics and current affairs.

Readers can refresh their browser throughout the night to pore over a main election night story that will be updated as results are announced and posted. In the midterms, because there is no presidential election, there is no electoral college.

AFR coverage is scheduled to being at 8 p.m. A list of AFR stations can be found here. Trump declared in his typical style: "If she gets in, Georgia goes backwards". "Vote for the Democrat".

Trump has been beating the drum against a caravan of migrants from Central America that is vending its way through Mexico to the U.S. border. "I wouldn't say it's as important as '16, but it's right up there".

USA politics expert, Dr James D. Boys, speaking to LBC, said that is more likely that a Republican challenger will get in the way of Trump securing a second term in the White House. Either of the latter two scenarios would be problematic for Trump, immediately putting a damper on his agenda.

As the results begin to come in later in the day, Wolf said he's going to be closely watching the gubernatorial races.

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"You know, Trump could have put out his own version of "Morning in America" ads and tried to ride the economy to the midterms, but I think Trump realized he's not on the ballot, even though he is".

"If House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., take control of Congress, they will drag America back into the economic abyss we struggled so hard to climb out of", Trump wrote. He said that enthusiasm was off the charts.

President Trump and congressional GOP leaders will see holding the House as validation of their approach to governing. But two other Republican women are fighting for their jobs there - Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, House GOP Conference chair, and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who was swept in with the tea party wave in 2010.

Republicans already hold the house in the Senate. He received similar applause when promoting the economy, unemployment numbers and judicial appointments.

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. The crowd responded with the chant, "Lock her up!"

Trump has had a busy campaign schedule in the final stretch of the race, with 11 rallies over six days.

Despite Mr Trump placing immigration at the centre of his election campaigning, healthcare remains a top issue for 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".

And the sudden emergence of a huge caravan of migrants heading toward the United States border just before the election has also fired up both bases, but especially conservatives who are concerned about border security.

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