The elections on 6 November to the 435-member Congress and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will decide if the Republican party, which Trump represents, continues to control legislation in both Houses or whether it will go into the hands of the Democrats.
Following the outbreak of the #MeToo movement denouncing sexual assault, and the massive women's protests against Trump, women voters and candidates will play critical roles in the first major election since Trump took power. Under President Obama, the GOP used the chamber to investigate the White House and block Democratic priorities. He added: "The Democrat agenda is a socialist nightmare".
"This first midterm, at this check-in moment, to have these different forces converge in different ways, to have the different loud landscape for the House and the Senate".
Such an occurrence has happened twice in midterm election years when Republicans held the presidency and the two chambers of Congress, and in both cases it was awful news for stocks. If Abrams has big suburban coattails and Handel is going down, that's a sign of a pretty big night for Democrats. 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. CBS News' current estimate is for Democrats to win 225 seats - just beyond the 218 needed for a majority - while Republicans win 210.
"It's all fragile. Everything I told you about, it can be undone and changed by the Democrats if they get in", Trump told supporters Monday during a telephone "town hall" organized by his re-election campaign. However, Trump walked away with the victory against all odds. In fact, I said goodbye to him and left before he did.
Polling analyst Nate Silvers gave the Democrats a seven in eight chance of reclaiming the House, but just a one in six chance of winning a majority in the Senate.
The two parties were also tangling in several crucial governors' races, including in Midwest battleground states such as Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and MI. 'If they win the House and there is a request, we will work with our general counsel and the I.R.S. general counsel on any requests, ' he said, using noncommittal language. "It's an awakening of the Democratic Party". "I wouldn't say it's as important as '16, but it's right up there". Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or maintains even a healthy minority.
Questioning 1,000 likely voters about their proposed support come election day, 35 percent stated they would vote against the President come election day. He is bombarding the voters with tweets and speeches that make out the caravan as a bunch of criminals who threaten the safety of the United States, with particular emphasis on the welfare of women.
Turnout is expected to be high.
Trump took credit for the unusual energy surrounding the midterm elections.
Three states could elect their first African-American governors, while several others are running LGBT candidates and Muslims.
"Our base case of the Democrats taking over the House holds the potential to reduce downside risks from trade policy friction", according to a team of Deutsche Bank strategists led by Parag Thatte. "They worked very hard to avoid what was widely viewed as the mistake of 2016, which was to be seen as too anti-Trump". The writer, being a woman political journalist from India, now transplanted to the USA, is in a unique position to observe the three aspects that are critical to defining this presidency: chauvinism, gunslinger politics, and immigration. The demographic shifts also reflect each party's closing argument.
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.
Democrats, meanwhile, have beat their drum on health care.
Bearing boxes of doughnuts, former President Barack Obama and Virginia Sen.
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