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How Trump plans to spend Election Day

Has Obamacare become a winning issue for Democrats? Election Day to test Democratic resistance in Trump era
Conrad Doyle | 06 November, 2018, 20:26

"Democrats produce mobs. Republicans produce jobs", he told cheering supporters at his final rally. This is much lower than presidential elections, where turnout has hit around 60% in recent contests.

About three quarters of the 50 states in the east and center of the country were already voting as polls began opening at 6:00 am (1100 GMT) for the day-long ballot.

If Democrats win enough House seats to reclaim the majority, Trump would face a shift in the balance of power in Washington.

Should Democrats fail tomorrow, the argument about what kind of progressive party they should be will start again.

Democrats in Congress were poised to make gains in the House, seeking to flip 23 seats to regain control of the chamber and serve as a check on Trump's policies. But 23 is no sure thing: polls suggest their leads are narrow in numerous seats that could push them into the mid-20s or even the mid-30s.

Democrats' fate depends upon a delicate coalition of infrequent voters - particularly young people and minorities - who traditionally shun midterm elections. Republicans like Gov. Scott Walker, a Trump ally and a vociferous critic of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, have been desperately trying to convince voters they won't eliminate Obamacare's protection for people with pre-existing conditions.

"Even though I'm not on the ballot, in a certain way I am on the ballot", Trump said during a tele-town hall organized by his re-election campaign Monday to encourage Republicans to get out and vote.

Mr Trump's Republican coalition is increasingly becoming older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

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

Results will pour in for hundreds of different elections, covering local government, all 435 seats of the House of Representatives and 35 seats in the Senate. They argue that the party needs to find its critical voice during what they see as a national crisis and that they risk not making a clear case to voters about the values for which the party stands.

China and the United States are now locked in a trade war, though both countries have taken steps to cool the temperature ahead of an expected meeting between the USA and Chinese presidents on the sidelines of the G20 summit starting later this month in Argentina.

Mr Trump sought to place more emphasis on the booming economy at his final campaign rallies but continued to issue dire warnings of an "invasion" of violent criminals among groups of migrants heading to the US.

The president spoke to reporters on the airport tarmac here alongside Donnelly's opponent, Republican Mike Braun, ensuring he would get his picture on TV and in the papers.

Bearing boxes of doughnuts, former President Barack Obama and Virginia Sen.

The midterms are being watched beyond America's borders - as Trump's moves cause ripples internationally.

But the Democrats could capitalise this time, with some incumbent Republicans not running.

"I'm not pleased with Trump's leadership at all".

"The fact we still have a narrow path to a majority is a sea change from where we were two years ago", he said on ABC.

"I don't care", he told reporters as he arrived in IN for a campaign rally.

'I don't think that's going to happen, ' he predicted.

"They can do whatever they want, and I can do whatever I want", the president said, according to a pool report. Add to the mix the against-all-odds confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in spite of high-school sexual assault allegations from the credible Christine Blasey Ford, and you have a powerful voting bloc capable of - and widely expected to - overturn the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. She also backs Trump and said Republicans are moving in the right direction on health care. "We can't have that", he said in an ABC interview.

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