Divided America to cast midterm verdict on Trump's Presidency

Eileen GuzmanNov 07, 2018

Democrats are favored to win more House seats than they now have and they need an overall gain of 23 to retake the House majority.

Susan Pfeifer, a volunteer leader who lives in the Outer Sunset, said the enthusiasm from San Francisco activists this year felt more like a presidential election than a midterm.

The entire 435-member House of Representatives and a third of the 100-seat Senate are up for grabs.

Another key House race is in California, where Democrat Harley Rouda is seeking to unseat longtime Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher in Republican bastion Orange County.

The outcome is clouded by the dramatically different landscape between the House and Senate.

A Democratic House victory would also serve as a warning to Republican officeholders about their policies, their devotion to the president, and the brand of campaigning they have chosen this time.

They need to pick up two dozen seats to claim the House majority. The Blue seek to regain control of Senate and House, while the Red are set to expand their narrow 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. The Democrats stand little chance of winning the Senate, but with this new breed of candidate they could take control of the house.

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

Trump faces potentially debilitating fallout should Republicans lose control of one or both chambers in Congress, ending two years of GOP hegemony in Washington. (Although early voting prior to Election Day was up, the turnout numbers don't necessarily reveal how constituents voted).

While Pelosi said she is ready to foster generational change in the House, she would not offer specifics or any names of Democrats who she sees as potential new leaders in the Democratic Party. "It's an awakening of the Democratic Party".

He also contended, as he does daily, that if the Democrats win they will work to roll back everything he's tried to accomplish. In many cases they're running against career politicians.

They will need to defend the president against a swift shift by the Democrats to investigate many corners of the administration. It's possible for Republicans to keep their House majority, though unlikely.

Democrats' fate depends upon a delicate coalition of infrequent voters - particularly young people and minorities - who traditionally shun midterm elections.

Arizona - No matter which candidate the voters choose, one thing is clear - Arizona is getting its first woman senator. Angry voters vote. And angry voters vote in midterms.

Waiting to vote at a polling station on Tuesday morning in Miami Dade county, video editor Daniel Z., 52, described himself as an independent voter, and said: "This is an accident in democracy - that a reality TV guy is our president".

Democrats hope to elect a record number of women to Congress. Panelo, the son of a Mexican immigrant, said migrants shouldn't be demonised, but he stopped short of criticising the president, and plans to vote for Republican candidates who could help push Trump's agenda.

The political realignment, if it solidifies, could reshape United States politics for a generation. But that didn't keep Trump, who has two more campaign stops in IN and Missouri tonight, from encouraging his supporters to get out to the polls.

The president has vowed to continue pushing for significant funding for a border wall, which Republicans may feel more comfortable with backing if voters hand them power again. "The character of our country is on the ballot", former president Barack Obama said on Twitter on Monday. "Health care for millions of people".

"Tomorrow, with your votes, you can stop the radical resistance in its tracks", Trump announced, adding that "Tuesday is your chance to send a message to the Democrat mob and to everyone who has made it their mission to denigrate our movement and to divide our great nation".

But with memories still fresh of Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, much uncertainty remains, with first results expected to trickle in around 6:00 pm Eastern time (2300 GMT).

"He is a sexist, a racist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and a religious bigot".

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