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Poll finds Democrats leading in House as GOP finds footing

GOP Congressman Rod Blum faces disenchanted voters at a town hall meeting in May Poll finds Democrats leading in House as GOP finds footing
Conrad Doyle | 05 November, 2018, 18:47

"You're not going to get - Joe is not going to vote for us on anything".

Obama chastised Republican politicians who claim to worry about the direction Trump has taken the country but fail to confront the president in any meaningful way.

Many more could not run for re-election because of term limits, while some made a decision to campaign for another seat or bowed out of politics altogether. Majorities in both parties say he's extremely important to their vote (55% of Republicans, 53% of Democrats).

Recognizing that the concern about pre-existing conditions has galvanized voters regardless of party, Republicans have seized on it in the campaign's closing month, insisting that their plans would enshrine such protections.

"It's all about turnout", said Senator Chris Van Hollen, as Democrats wage what polls say is an uphill battle to win control of the Senate.

According to the poll, 43 percent of registered voters would vote for the Democratic congressional candidate in their district - only slightly more than the 40 percent who would vote for the Republican candidate.

The political realignment, if there is one, could re-shape USA politics for a generation.

He responded forcefully to Trump's rhetoric about the group of migrants, comparing it to Republicans stoking fears about Ebola prior to the 2014 midterm elections.

The two states each have crucial governor's races with progressive, African American Democrats - Georgia's Stacey Abrams and Florida's Andrew Gillum - running against two staunch Trump allies, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and former Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis.

Democrats hope to elect a record number of women to congress.

"They're making more money". The reforms signed into law by Democratic president Barack Obama have helped millions of Americans gain insurance.

"In this cycle, it seemed as if there was a disproportionately negative reaction among highly educated voters to Trump", he said.

Many Democrats are counting on anti-Trump fervor to drive their base to the polls, but some advocate ignoring the politics of personal destruction and zeroing in on policy debates. Democratic Senate incumbents are up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, West Virginia, and Montana - states Trump carried by 30 percentage points on average two years ago.

In the run-up to the midterms on Tuesday, Obama said, Republicans are once again using fear as a political tactic by portraying the caravan of refugees traveling through Mexico toward the USA border as a threat to America's national sovereignty.

But in the first mid-term under Trump - an utterly unconventional president - there are many unknowns, above all the bottom-line impact of a president who has driven both supporters and foes to a rare fever pitch of emotion.

"They'll do anything and everything they can to impeach him", she said. Much of that has gone to boost turnout among younger voters, although he has produced a nationwide advertising campaign calling for Trump's impeachment.

"We're not some fringe element of the Democratic Party".

The president's stump speech - veering from the migrant caravan to illegal immigration woes and the confirmation fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh - shows that he is cognizant that economic good times are not as strong a motivator for voters as political grievances.

"That's what's at stake: my heart and soul, along with everybody else's", he said.

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