Day of reckoning approaches in high-stakes USA mid-term elections

Susan Walsh  APPresident Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Estero Fla. Oct. 31 2018

Susan Walsh APPresident Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Estero Fla. Oct. 31 2018

The day of reckoning for American politics has almost arrived.

President Trump plunged into his final two days of midterm campaigning Sunday with rallies in Georgia and Tennessee, saying the excitement of Republican voters is at a "fever" pitch.

US Senator Chris Van Hollen, who heads the Democratic Senate campaign arm, said it was "remarkable" that Democrats were even in striking distance of capturing the Senate given the unfavourable map they faced. If Trump manages to pull off a victory in terms of retaining control of one or both Houses, it will be seen as a validation of his stand that poor migrants and refugees from other countries are a threat to the peaceful life of the American people and send out a clear message to the world on what the original "country of migrants" now thinks on that issue.

Speaking to reporters as he left the White House en route to get-out-the-vote rallies in Georgia and Tennessee on Sunday, Trump said Republican enthusiasm is higher than he's ever seen it - but he seemed to hedge in his predictions for the House.

"Everything matters and everything's at stake", Schriock said.

The GOP is facing greater headwinds in the House of Representatives.

While he is not on the ballot, Mr Trump has acknowledged that the 2018 mid-term elections represent a referendum on his presidency.

The Republican Party now controls the chamber with a 43-seat majority, but it is widely expected that the Democrats will gain control in tomorrow's election.

Opinion polls and election forecasters have made Democrats favourites on Tuesday to pick up the 23 seats they need to capture a majority in the US House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie Trump's legislative agenda and investigate his administration.

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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.

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

One of the few constants ahead of any election is the expectation setting from strategists on both sides of the aisle, who engage in an effort to shape the narrative of how the election's outcome gets covered. The Republican has small leads among whites and other minority voters. Blue-collar men, however, have embraced the unconventional president.

Whilst the Republicans (red) have a key lead in the race for Senate majority. "We can't have that", he said in an ABC interview. "Donald Trump has the pen, and his handwriting isn't always very good".

A nationwide poll released on Sunday by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal details the depth of the demographic shifts.

An ABC/Washington Post survey of registered voters conducted between October 29 and November 1 has Democrats with a 7-point lead.

Nearly 70 percent of respondents were white, while about 65 percent were over the age of 50.

DHS claims that there are more than 270 hardened criminals lurking among the women and children heading toward the United States from Central America by way of Mexico, but it has not named them or said how it arrived at that number. 'These are rough, rough people in many cases, and if they're allowed to break through our borders only larger and bigger -we have emboldened these people'.

Former President Barack Obama seized on the differences between the parties in a final-days scramble to motivate voters across the nation.

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