2018 could be known as the vote of the 'ticked off'

Rep. Barbara Comstock is vulnerable in her suburban DC district

Rep. Barbara Comstock is vulnerable in her suburban DC district

The Congress is made up of the House of Representatives, where all 435 seats are up for grabs.

But Democrats are hoping to take control of at least the House of Representatives, giving them the opportunity to derail Trump's legislative agenda, and give them power to expand investigations into his personal and professional conduct.

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.

The first polls, on the East Coast, close at 7 p.m. ET.

First, two-thirds of voters say the election is about Donald Trump.

Millions of Americans have already voted in the 2018 election.

Trump has been beating the drum against a caravan of migrants from Central America that is vending its way through Mexico to the United States border.

Cantor says he thinks more Republicans will head for the exits if they lose.

"I'm voting for Donald Trump", Stuart Kanter said. "That is an invasion of our country".

Asked what happens if Democrats take the House, Trump was low-key.

"I feel confident that we will win", said Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House minority leader. Democrats lead among women, younger voters, and black voters.

"You're not allowed to use the word attractive anymore - it's politically incorrect. We do not act the way they do", she said of Republicans.

The midterm elections are widely seen as a referendum on his politics.

Polls show Democrats are most concerned with health care and the economy, with Republicans focused on immigration.

Throughout the campaign, Trump has been tested out other explanations - pointing to historical headwinds for the party of an incumbent president and complaining about a rash of GOP retirements this year.

In an election-eve interview, Trump struck a gentler tone by telling Sinclair Broadcasting he regretted some of his caustic campaign rhetoric.

GOP Whip Steve Scalise said the president's rallies were building momentum and with the economy a selling point, he predicted his party would retain a slim majority. "The Democrats will do quite well in the House of Representatives, in the governorships and state legislatures". But similar polls in the 2016 election had underrated Trump's appeal and there has been a strong female presence in his rallies, all sporting pink hats and signs supporting his "Make America Great Again" slogan.

FILE - People stand cast their ballots ahead of the November 6 election at Jim Miller Park, in Marietta, Ga., Oct. 27, 2018. "That is particularly true when a president is unpopular, as this president is".

U.S. President Donald Trump has been acting like a candidate on the ballot, staging daily double-header rallies and blasting out ads for Republicans up for election on Tuesday.

Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics also had some possible good news for the GOP, noting, "There really are believable scenarios that don't require Republicans to win districts that they have written off. Republicans have to catch some breaks, but they don't have to catch breaks in ways that shock and surprise us".

He noted that some GOP members who faced blowback from constituents on some key agenda items opted to "vote no but hope that the bill passes".

A Democratic House victory would also serve as a warning to Republican officeholders about their policies, their devotion to the president, and the brand of campaigning they have chosen this time.

"Like it or not, every president in a midterm election is on the ballot", former George W. Bush aide Karl Rove said Tuesday on Fox News' "America's Newsroom". First among them would be a potentially bitter leadership fight in the House to replace retiring Speaker Paul Ryan. "Anything that gets done will have to be a bipartisan basis". "If you look at that, they think they got jobbed in 2016 because they think the Russians stole the election".

The Cook Political Report, in an assessment, said: "Bottom line: Anything from a Democratic gain of 20 to 45 seats remains well within the realm of possibility, but a gain of 30 to 40 seats - and House control - is the most likely outcome".

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