Midterms will determine the fate of the Trump presidency

Some 250,000 jobs were created last month beating expectations

Some 250,000 jobs were created last month beating expectations

A White House that has struggled to stay on course under favourable circumstances would be tested in dramatic ways.

After a Trump rally in September in Springfield, Missouri, pro-Trump activist Brenda Webb, 64, sat for a late dinner at a restaurant with five friends who had driven to the rally from the St. Louis suburbs.

Republicans - and President Trump - would counter this be pointing out that they held the Senate or even gained seats (which is rare).

"But if he loses the House, it's going to have been a bad night for the president", Wallace said.

Steyer insisted most Democrats agree.

They're different from state and local elections, which happen every year.

The president has kept up a record-setting pace of campaigning in this election cycle, holding 30 rallies since Labor Day and 53 events since taking office.

Trump has repeatedly ratcheted up his warnings about Democrats wanting to encourage the immigration of violent criminals and rapists.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who is retiring at the end of this year, said he still thinks Republicans can limit the damage and maintain the majority. "No, I don't - it's not racism, it's just that people have to come into our country legally, otherwise you don't have a country".

Democrats hope voter dissatisfaction with the contentious commander in chief will lead to a blue wave that flips control of the US House out of Republican hands.

With a House majority, Democrats can significantly hamper the Trump administration's ability to implement its programs and could also begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, though they would need a two-thirds majority in the Senate to remove him from office.

Trump's approval rating is also a concern for Republicans. But a narrowed majority would also exacerbate divisions over policy - and continued unified control could leave the GOP facing the blame for gridlock.

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Some in the White House think losing to Democrats might actually be preferable.

The election near the halfway mark of a president's first term is traditionally a referendum on the White House occupant.

The small minority of ads that do attack Trump includes those by "Need to Impeach", an advocacy group founded by California billionaire Tom Steyer.

Meanwhile, Politico reported that on the eve of the midterms, Democrats are "haunted by memories of 2016".

"The peril is subpoenas, investigations, legal bills and headaches", he said. What his opponents call election season stunts or distractions are central not just to Trump's strategy but to a feeling of racial anxiety that is more palpable today in ordinary American neighborhoods just as much as it is in the country's boondocks.

In the 68th Illinois House district, Rep. John Cabello will defeat Democratic challenger Jake Castanza, 53 percent to 47 percent.

While keeping the House remained an uphill battle for the GOP, in the closing days of the campaign, Trump and Republicans have tried to sell voters on the possibilities of another two years of GOP control.

With the walking caravan weeks away, Trump dispatched more than 5,000 troops to the region.

Incumbent Republicans are in close races, including freshman Brian Fitzpatrick in suburban Philadelphia, three-term Scott Perry in southcentral Pennsylvania and three-term Keith Rothfus in suburban Pittsburgh.

The bellwether state of Florida, with hotly contested races for governor and a Senate seat, has seen record-high early voting totals ahead of Election Day.

Monday will be a barnstormer for Trump, who will make stops in OH and in before a final campaign pitch in Missouri, where he is trying to knock Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill out of office. "For infrastructure, the most important thing about the election is that it will be over", he said. "There's a chance to try and win them back over". Since 1950, a victorious party has never trailed by more than 4.5 percent in the week of a midterm election. Republicans were quick to point out that the party in power typically suffers defeats in midterms.

"A vote for any Democrat this November is a vote to really put extreme far left politicians in charge of Congress and to destroy your jobs, slash your incomes, undermine your safety and put illegal aliens before American citizens", Trump said during a rally Saturday in Pensacola, Florida.

"These are corrupt people", the president said.

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