'Everything's at stake' on eve of first Trump-era elections

Roman Schwartz
November 5, 2018

The then 47-year-old Democrat, who became the 44th USA president, garnered 365 electoral votes and almost 53 per cent of the popular vote, while his 72-year-old Republican challenger captured 173 electoral votes, more than 45 per cent of the popular vote. However, Obama reminded us how much we miss him when he shut down a heckler mouthing obscenities at an election rally in Miami.

On Tuesday, US voters will decide between President Donald Trump's take-no-prisoners rhetoric and the Democratic Party's super-charged campaign to end the Republicans' monopoly in Washington and state legislatures across the nation. A conspiracy theory has also been put out that Jewish billionaire George Soros, a philanthropist and Democrat supporter, has facilitated the caravan to arrive in the United States and this theory has not only Trump's stamp of approval, but also widespread acceptance.

One of the RNC report's authors, Ari Fleischer, acknowledged that Republican leaders never envisioned expanding their ranks with white, working-class men.

He responded forcefully to Trump's rhetoric about the group of migrants, comparing it to Republicans stoking fears about Ebola prior to the 2014 midterm elections. He has campaigned on his support for President Trump's border wall, condemned the "radical left", and even quoted former President Ronald Reagan's "peace through strength" Cold War motto.

President Trump's predecessor has campaigned for Democrats in key races leading up to the November 6 election.

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

He says, as he has before, that he wants to cut USA aid to the countries, threatening that "we'll be stopping very soon".

Another 28% say their vote isn't about the president.

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But Sirisena's suspension order leaves him with no option but to seek the consent of the president to recall the assembly. Sirisena has been sending conflicting signals about his willingness to end the parliamentary suspension.

Trump is also telling reporters that Republican enthusiasm is off the charts and that the "level of fervor" is very high.

"This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he can not be trusted and should not be overseeing an election in which he is also a candidate for governor", Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said in a statement.

And he's crediting the dozens of rallies he's held on behalf of candidates, saying that they "have really been the thing that's caused this big fervor" to start and to continue. She is leading in recent polls against Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen. Just behind that, 47% each say the economy, corruption and gun policy are extremely important to their vote.

- A lawsuit over the Trump administration's efforts to add a new citizenship question to the U.S. Census goes to trial on Monday and could have profound consequences.

"You gotta get to the polls on Tuesday, and you gotta vote", Trump implored a crowd in Macon, Georgia, where he campaigned on Sunday for the Republican candidate for governor in one of the country's tightest major races.

The House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the US Congress and is made up of 435 seats.

Monday will be a barnstormer for Trump, who will make stops in OH and in before a final campaign pitch in Missouri, where he is trying to knock Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill out of office.

He plans to spend Election Day conducting get-out-the-vote interviews with local media at the White House, where he is set to watch returns come in.

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