Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Trump presidency faces high stakes in midterm elections

To measure the real base of California's Republican support look no further than Trump's approval numbers Political Cornflakes: 'Trump has hijacked the election': Republicans worry the president's charged immigration rhetoric will cost them the House
Laurie Berry | 07 November, 2018, 02:55

The state of California also has "San Francisco values" to thank for its new law reducing the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosure to a mere misdemeanor instead of a felony.

And the Democrats also are "ticked off" that Robert Mueller hasn't issued a special counsel report that would nail Trump.

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

Polls across six states closed at 7 p.m. EST, including battlegrounds Georgia, Indiana and Kentucky, and were closing in half the country by 8 p.m. EST.

Donald Trump is an extraordinarily polarising person.

"I'd love to get along and I think after the election a lot of things can happen", Trump said.

Among white college-educated women, Democrats enjoy a 28-point advantage: 61 per cent to 33 per cent.

He had allegedly lashed out online against Jews he accused of transporting Central American "invaders" into the United States - in language that echoed Trump's own attacks on the impoverished migrants as "an invasion".

Health care and immigration were high on voters' minds as they cast ballots in the midterm elections, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press. Is it people ticked off at the Kavanaugh hearings, ticked off at the caravan, ticked off at the left?

In an interview with ABC on Monday, the president said he wished he had taken "a much softer tone" throughout his presidency.

A Trump supporter in Florida was charged recently with sending pipe bombs to high-profile Democratic critics of the president, and a gunman walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and shot 11 worshippers dead several days later.

"This election will decide whether we build on the extraordinary prosperity that we have unleashed", says the US President. As editor in chief Nate Silver often puts it, would you get on a plane that had a 29% chance of crashing?

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Early indications would appear to support this. Worse for Team Trump, 47% are expressing strong disapproval.

"Nearly half of voters felt their financial situation is the same as it was two years ago".

But the Democrats could capitalise this time, with some incumbent Republicans not running.

Democrats are predicted to take the House of Representatives, while Republicans are expected to keep a majority in the Senate. All 435 seats in the House, 35 Senate seats and 36 governorships are up for grabs on Tuesday.

Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic Democrat seeking to dethrone Republican Ted Cruz in Texas, said the state is one of "immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees". If the Democrats have to gain control, they have to win 40 seats more than what they did in the last mid-term poll in 2014.

Pelosi was speaking with reporters when she was asked if she still had a "great deal of confidence" that the Democrats will seize control of one or both Houses of Congress.

Many people have already voted.

But Brookings Institution expert John Hudak said it is also clear that Trump is a major issue for both parties this year. "This will turn the tables", said Barbara Villa, 71, who with her husband planted a crop of "Vote Blue" signs outside their home.

Long lines and malfunctioning machines marred the first hours of voting in some precincts, including in Georgia, where some voters reported waiting up to three hours to vote in a hotly contested gubernatorial election.

Republicans now control 29 governorships to 21 for the Democrats. "The promise is Trump will have an easy foil to run against: Pelosi and Democratic leadership".

Trump embarked on a bruising schedule of rallies over the past few weeks to drive his supporters to the polls. That is exactly what they are going to get.

While he is not on the ballot, Trump acknowledged on Monday that the 2018 midterms represent a referendum on his presidency. If Trump manages to pull off a victory in terms of retaining control of one or both Houses, it will be seen as a validation of his stand that poor migrants and refugees from other countries are a threat to the peaceful life of the American people and send out a clear message to the world on what the original "country of migrants" now thinks on that issue.

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