USA mid-term elections 2018: Americans vote in 'poll of a lifetime'

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Voting has already wrapped up in parts of Kentucky, where the White House is watching incumbent three-term Republican Rep. Andy Barr's effort to hold his seat a state Trump won by 16 points in 2016 as a potential barometer of how the night will go.

Still, more than 40 percent of voters said they approve of the job Trump is doing as president, CNN reported.

Seventeen Republican incumbents are defending House seats in districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.

You're still up either because Senate returns are really slow, or you are obsessing over Alaska's toss-up gubernatorial race.

California Democrats hold 39 of their Party's 193 House seats, or over 20 percent.

In one example, voter turnout in a critical swing district in Florida was 87% of what it was in 2016, when Trump won the presidency.

Outside Richmond, one-time tea party favorite Rep. Dave Brat faced an unusually strong challenge from Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative motivated to run for office after the GOP vote to gut the Affordable Care Act.

Trump has framed the elections as a choice between law and order maintained by Republicans and an out-of-control Democratic mob, while focusing heavily on hardline immigration campaign promises, including a legally dubious pledge to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants born in the US. Democratic favorite Conor Lamb, who stunned Washington by winning a special election in the state, beat Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in a new district.

Faced with the possibility of keeping the Senate but losing the House, aides in recent days had laid out the political reality to Trump, who could face an onslaught of Democratic-run investigations.

Voters cast ballots today in the first major voter test of Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. The flood of political donations from interest groups and individuals will make it the most expensive midterm ever, and early signs suggest voter turnout could be the highest in half a century.

The Southwest states feature a number of key races: at least two Senate races are key to the GOP's chances of either holding on to the Senate or increasing their lead.

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Almost 40 per cent of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25 per cent said they voted to express support for Trump.

A surge in early voting, fuelled by a focus on Trump's nationalistic, norms-breaking presidency by supporters of both parties, could signal the highest turnout in 50 years for a midterm USA election when the White House is not on the line. "The President has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country", Sanders said. Still, Republican voters tended to be overwhelmingly supportive of the president. He was active on Twitter throughout much of the day, blasting out endorsements for Republican candidates and weighing in on the balloting.

There are, however, also many points of probable conflict between Trump and the next House: Democrats are likely to launch investigations into numerous aspects of the Trump administration, from its ties to Russian Federation to the president's tax returns, as well as to step up oversight into Trump's executive actions on immigration, the environment and other regulations.

In the hotly contested 2016 election, Trump proclaimed that he would ban Muslims from being granted admission to the U.S. as president.

Democrats have expressed confidence that they'll score the net gain of 23 seats needed to take control of the House for the first time since 2010.

The Republican Party now holds majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Ahead of the vote, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi confidently predicted last week that Democrats would indeed win back the House. Heidi Heitkamp and when Republican businessman Mike Braun ousted Sen. "Do not let their scare tactics frighten you away from the polls".

But in some other tossup races, the GOP managed to hold on. After all, there are 10 competitive US House races in the state. Seven in 10 voters said they wanted "moderate" or "strong" regulations and restrictions for firearms, the poll found.

Beto O'Rourke, a Democratic candidate in Texas seeking to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz, said the state is one of "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees". The survey is separate from the traditional exit polls for the television networks.

Trump and Republicans appeared to have the economy on their side heading into the election: Unemployment in October held at a 48-year low of 3.7 percent. He said since Trump has been president, he 's hired two more employees for his six-person company.

"I am extremely happy with the economy", Gerlock said. "Now we just need to heal the country so they can all work together". Dean Heller versus Democrat Jacky Rosen in Nevada; Democrat Kyrsten Sinema versus Republican Martha McSally in Arizona; Democratic Sen. The first polls, on the East Coast, close at 7 p.m. ET.

The campaign will be the most expensive midterm in history, projected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics to exceed US$5 billion.

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