Your 2018 midterm election guide: What to watch for hour by hour

Rep. Barbara Comstock is vulnerable in her suburban DC district

Others, like former MA governor Deval Patrick, California Senator Kamala Harris and former vice president Joe Biden, have been a little more active.

There are several Democratic House targets, too, especially in NY and MI, but Republicans could pick up two Democratic-held seats in rural Minnesota.

Another key House race is in California, where Democrat Harley Rouda is seeking to unseat longtime Republican incumbent Dana Rohrabacher in Republican bastion Orange County. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well. We need to get better trade deals with our friends around the world. "But if there's misogyny, there's also a big upside in women".

Limbaugh said he was assuming the massive early voting turnout would indicate huge crowds of voters on Tuesday.

The 2018 midterm-election results, no matter the outcome, could end up being known as the vote of the "ticked off". Trump has encouraged voters to see it as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies. Rasmussen notes, "Forty-three percent (43%) of voters say the country is headed in the right direction".

"As president, he doesn't realize that his words weigh a ton and that they fall on some ears that may be more fragile than he might imagine", Pelosi said.

Mr Trump appears to have decided that immigration is the crucial issue that will turn out the coalition of voters that handed him an unlikely victory in the 2016 election.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 percent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era.

Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnston are the only two presidents to ever be impeached, in 1998 and 1868 respectively.

However, the Democrats are expected to fall short of the two seats they need to win control of the Senate. Studies have found voter fraud to be a rare occurrence in the U.S.

The House has 435 members with states represented on the basis of population.

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 opposition Democrats - in blue above - were hoping for a "blue wave" that would put them in a position to moderate and sometimes block Trump's agenda. This practice of manipulating constituency maps to gain political advantage was first practiced by MA governor Elbridge Gerry. If Republicans are satisfied with legislative paralysis in Washington and happy to see Trump make and implement policy via executive order with the help of a compliant Supreme Court, they'll still get what they want if Democrats take the House.

These "San Francisco values" Pelosi is so proud to identify with are, of course, the very things that have left the national Democratic Party wobbling on the edge of progressive insanity.

Some Democrats have already vowed to force the release of his tax returns.

A number of prominent anti-Trump Democrats also would be poised to assume control of key committees if Republicans lose control of the House. "Donald Trump has the pen, and his handwriting isn't always very good".

Many Democratic candidates in tight races shied away from harsh criticism of Trump, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining health insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.

Women voted considerably more in favor of their congressional Democratic candidate - with fewer than 4 in 10 voting for the Republican, according to VoteCast, a nationwide survey of more than 113,000 voters and about 20,000 nonvoters - conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Democrats led with likely African-American voters (84 per cent to eight per cent), Latinos (57 per cent to 29 per cent), voters between the ages of 18-34 (57 per cent to 34 per cent), women (55 per cent to 37 per cent) and independents (35 per cent to 23 per cent).

Tuesday's results will be colored by the dramatically different landscapes in the fight for the House and Senate.

As Election Day neared, it became increasingly clear what the final messages were from Republicans and Democrats.

Republicans are bracing for a likely loss of seats in the House of Representatives but are favored to hold on to the Senate.



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