What's at stake in the USA mid-term elections

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Donald Trump's next two years as President could face some changes as Americans head to the polls today to vote in the mid-term elections.

He said that many people are making the midterms all about President Trump, but in these elections - like many midterms - "politics is local".

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But if the Democrats wrest control of one or both chambers, they could stymie or even reverse Mr Trump's plans.

Polls show Democrats are most concerned with health care and the economy, with Republicans focused on immigration. "It's all fragile", he said.

The Democrats need to take 23 seats from the Republicans to win control of the House, and if the polls are any guide, they should succeed.

Trump held the rally in Missouri to promote Hawley, who's in a neck-and-neck race with Democratic Sen. People would make money, life would get slightly more convenient for everyone, and the results would look nice.

The political realignment, if it solidifies, could reshape United States politics for a generation.

Voter turnout in Pinellas County after the Election Day morning rush is favoring Republicans. "If Jeff Flake challenges Trump, we're in for a very interesting scenario in which it's possible for an as-yet-unnamed Democrat to come through simply because of a split in the right in the Republican Party". Blue-collar men, however, have embraced the unconventional president. It was a deliberate strategy to expand the playing field to about 80 districts, stretching beyond college-educated voters in the suburbs into regions where the party has seen its fortunes fade. I think we're doing very well in the Senate.

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

He pointed out Democrats have been enraged for years.

Those who believe in the dire message, particularly white conservative voters in the middle of the country often derided as flyover territory because it is so alienated from the more liberal, progressive, and economically vibrant coastal areas, are expected to vote Republican.

"They still haven't accepted that they lost the election in 2016", he said. "It's not going to happen in one election".

Trump has delivered a very different closing argument, railing against Latin American immigrants seeking asylum at the USA border.

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'I won it by a lot [in 2016], Mike is going to have a big victory, ' Trump said. He's a military veteran who prides himself on not being a career politician. Trump told the rally crowd in Macon, Georgia.

With that in mind, unusually high voter turnout could be a good sign for them.

So do these projections mean that Democrats are certain to retake the House?

Millions of Americans have already voted in the 2018 election. Even if they lose the House, if Republicans keep the Senate, they still get to control the approval process for new judges. There are enough budget-hawk Republicans still around in the Senate to object on principle to spending trillions of dollars on something other than the military and enough cynical Democrats in the House who are unwilling to have a hand in anything for which Trump would receive some credit, deserved or otherwise, ahead of his re-election campaign in 2020.

"Democratic voters are usually less likely to turn out", Ratcliff said.

Democrats face a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they are nearly exclusively on defence in rural states where Trump remains popular.

The Senate consists of 100 members, two from each state.

Democrats need to win two seats to claim the Senate majority, although most political operatives in both parties expect Republicans to add to their majority.

Trump, without control of Congress, could decide to triangulate.

"In the case of Justice Kavanaugh.for the sake of argument that he lied, I don't believe there is any evidence that he did." the judge said.

Instead of trumpeting the GOP's $1.5 trillion tax cuts, the debate was dominated by Trump's dire prediction of "invasion" from the migrant caravan and what he called the "radical" agenda of speaker-in-waiting Pelosi.

"In 2010 ... it was more about did you agree or disagree with Obamacare?" he recalled.

Ohioans overwhelmingly supported Trump in 2016, so with Republicans facing a tough slate of gubernatorial, Senate, and House races this cycle, it's no surprise the president chose to be in Cleveland on his last day of campaigning. The flood of campaign cash, a midterm record, has been overwhelmingly fuelled by energy on the left.

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