United States midterm elections 2018

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The day of reckoning for American politics has almost arrived.

At his rallies and on Twitter, Trump's closing argument has largely focused on fear - warning, without evidence, that a Democratic takeover would throw the country into chaos, spurring an influx of illegal immigration and a wave of crime.

A Democrat-controlled House was expected to pursue anti-corruption and voter-rights legislation, and hold multiple investigations on controversial aspects of the Trump administration, not least being allegations of collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.

"The popular vote rules", she said.

Two issues more than any others were on voters' minds: 25 percent described health care and immigration as the most important issues in the election.

Democrats also have a chance to break the GOP super majority in the Senate, as well, but results remain incomplete with a number of close races. "I do think it is making an impact".

Polls in some 20 states - including MA - will close at 8 p.m., just after Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina wrap things up at 7:30 p.m.

Gender politics have been a defining issue of this election, beginning back with the mobilization by women against the victory of President Donald Trump. Orrin Hatch. Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine, his party's defeated 2016 vice presidential candidate, won re-election to the Senate.

"Everything matters and everything's at stake", Schriock said. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin U.S. Democratic Congressional candidate Jahana Hayes arrives to fill out her ballot to vote at a voting station in Wolcott, Connecticut, U.S., November 6, 2018.

The entire 435-member House of Representatives and a third of the 100-seat Senate are up for grabs.

Pollsters, gun shy after getting their 2016 presidential prediction wrong, urged caution.

"I'm not on the ballot, but in a certain way, I'm on the ballot", Trump said in October. "So I feel very confident".

So what exactly are these elections, and how do they work? "It's all fragile", he said.

"The midterm history is pretty stark in that the president's party usually loses ground in the midterms, and it is usually a question of how much ground they lose", said University of Virginia analyst Kyle Kondik.

Trump also could face more pushback from Democrats on trade tariffs he has introduced, particularly in farm states hard hit by retaliatory measures from China or manufacturing states hit by higher steel and aluminum prices.

The political realignment, defined by race, gender and education, could re-shape USA politics for a generation.

Indeed for Republicans, the year has been a disappointment. The Republican incumbent had been branded Barbara "Trumpstock" by Democrats in a race that pointed to Trump's unpopularity among college-educated women in the suburbs. Blue-collar men, however, have embraced the unconventional president.

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A nationwide poll released Sunday by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal details the depth of the demographic shifts. Handel's challenger, Democrat Lucy McBath, is a gun-control activist and African American who could be helped by a possible surge in black voter turnout led by enthusiasm for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, according to Wasserman. Harris was facing a stiff challenge from Marine veteran and small-businessman Dan McCready.

Democrats boasted record diversity on ballots.

At every rally, Trump has vowed to his supporters that they will "win, win, win". The final in-person voters will be in Alaska, finishing up at 1 a.m.

"Democratic voters are usually less likely to turn out", Ratcliff said. "But it'll be a start".

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

Democrats also had opportunities because of the retirements of GOP Sens.

Other exit polls show similar numbers.

The outcome is clouded by the dramatically different landscape between the House and Senate.

As a result, Bloomberg's team poured money into otherwise overlooked suburban districts in states like Georgia, Washington state and Oklahoma because data revealed voters there were better-educated.

The result was all but assured when Republican Kevin Cramer ousted North Dakota Democratic Sen.

As was expected, Republicans still hold majority rule in Senate after the 2018 midterms, according to projections from The New York Times, Washington Post, and more. "They're doing not bad", he said.

Liberal activist Tom Steyer spent roughly $120 million this midterm season.

Steyer insisted most Democrats agree.

Democrats' reentry into House leadership will be a test of the party's evolving stance on Israel as it seeks to differentiate itself from the president in power on foreign policy. "We are the Democratic Party", he said.

The long-running "Russia collusion" probe has been sidelined in the election debate as purely domestic issues such as economy and health care have taken center stage.

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