Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Americans go to polls for midterm elections

Americans go to polls for midterm elections

Immigration is a key issue in the upcoming United States midterm elections.

Trump and Obama are the most popular figures in their parties, and their appearances on the campaign trail are created to stoke enthusiasm among core supporters in the late stages of a midterm congressional election widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first two years in the White House.

Ms. Swallows and Ms. Kent voted from opposite ends of the political schism.

Meanwhile, latest polls show Democrat Chris Pappas leading his Republican challenger Eddie Edwards in the battle for New Hampshire's 1st District.

John Zogby, a pollster and author, said: "Democrats had to be more than just anti-Trump; that would only get them so far".

Before he left Washington, the president appeared to hedge his bets against a Democratic breakthrough, tweeting an ominous warning to anyone engaged in what he called "illegal voting" that they would be subject to the "maximum criminal penalties" the law allows. "Trump has hijacked the election", one senior House Republican aide tells Politico. "We are not going to stand for it".

"By the way, these aren't babies", Trump said in Pensacola, Florida on November 3.

Among some Republican voters, that message resonated.

A poll released on Monday by CNN found Democrats have a 13 point advantage - similar to the lead Republicans held before their landslide House victory at the 2010 midterm elections.

Trump arrived in Fort Wayne, northeast of Indianapolis, where he brought Vice President Mike Pence and hoops coach Bobby Knight on Friday in yet another effort to defeat Sen. She cast her ballot to keep Republicans in power so the President doesn't become a lame duck. "I can't wrap my head around why the other side is so unhappy and so terrified".

O'Rourke is the underdog trying to turn a Republican red state blue, and there's a chance - albeit a small one - that he might actually pull it off.

The midterms are being watched beyond America's borders - as Trump's moves cause ripples internationally.

"I'd love to get along and I think after the election a lot of things can happen", Trump said. It is Fake News. Almost one in 10 say they never had faith in democracy in the first place, and 37 percent report they once had faith but have now lost it.

Others expressed a heightened sense of unease and sadness about the state of America's political climate.

Neil Sroka, the communications director for Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee, said: "In the era of Donald Trump, it's nearly impossible for anything not to be about Trump: people want a check on this administration".

There are also elections for 36 of the 50 state governors.

"We've forgotten our decency. I want a free trade environment where we actually cannot only have good relationships tradewise with our friends but stand up to China", Scalise said. "We have to have a wall of people (against the caravan)".

In suburban Chicago, Lea Grover agreed.

The majority party can also block opposing agendas and the president's Supreme Court nominees from being confirmed. He was accused by a high school classmate of sexually assaulting her decades ago. "Just even the fact of it being so much, is it simply a matter that early votes have expanded?"

Recognizing that the concern about pre-existing conditions has galvanized voters regardless of party, Republicans have seized on it in the campaign's closing month, insisting that their plans would enshrine such protections.

In North Carolina, for example, 9.1 per cent of early voters were in the 18-29 age range, compared with 5.9 per cent in the 2014 midterms. Mr. Mehta, who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, emigrated from India in 2000 and believes Mr. Trump is steering the country in the right direction, including with his immigration policies.

Uroosa Jawed is an immigrant, too. But there are considerable numbers of African-American evangelicals as well.

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