Polls open in US for crucial midterms

Roman Schwartz
November 6, 2018

All 435 seats in the United States house of representatives are up for re-election. Voters in the 18-30 age block traditionally have been less than reliable at showing up at the polls, but this time around Democrats are counting on a surge of millennials to storm the polls and ride the "blue wave" to victory.

The company took action after being tipped off on Sunday evening by USA law enforcement officials, who notified the company about recently discovered online activity, "which they believe may be linked to foreign entities", Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher wrote in a blog post. The US leader also acknowledged the significance of the midterm elections for his presidency. "However, this is an unlikely scenario".

The final polls varied, but they were generally good for Democrats. "While such an outcome is the consensus view, the unusually high turnout driven by highly motivated both sides of the political spectrum could produce an unpredictable result which would have significant implications for the markets". If Democrats are winning an open seat in the Tampa Bay-area 15th district they're probably winning the majority, and if Reps.

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

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However, even some Republicans became jittery after a Florida man and ardent Trump supporter was charged with sending homemade bombs to more than a dozen senior Democrats and other high profile opponents of Trump.

Facebook said it had blocked 115 accounts for suspected "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" linked to foreign groups attempting to interfere in the midterm elections.

Democrats are drawing strength from women and college-educated voters, who swung decidedly against Trump since his election.

But Democratic former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail in the election's final days to challenge Trump, questioning his policies and character.

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"I think they will be both miserable and emboldened", says Rove.

Democrats face a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they are nearly exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular.

Democrats are favoured by election forecasters to pick up the minimum of 23 House seats they need for a majority, which would enable them to stymie Mr Trump's legislative agenda and investigate his administration. "You see how they've behaved".

The US president has framed migrant caravans approaching through Central America as an existential crisis for country, calling it an "invasion" and dispatching more than 5,000 soldiers to the border.

Republicans hold the slimmest of majorities there but most of the Senate seats up for grabs are already held by Democrats and they may struggle to retain all of them. Maybe back in '16 during the presidential, right around the vote. "You vote, you might save a life".

I could not believe that my fellow citizens would elect a president with zero experience in government, a history of racist and misogynistic statements, and a volatile personality that invites legitimate questions about his fitness for office.

The opposite would be complete Republican control, possible given they will at least keep the Senate. Evangelical Christians are also a key constituency, seen to be happy with Mr Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence over their pro-life conservatism and the President's shifting of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Ronna McDaniel, head of the Republican National Committee, said on ABC's "This Week" program that the media had chosen to focus on Trump's immigration rhetoric but the president was also emphasizing economic and job gains under his presidency.

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