Election Day to test Democratic resistance in Trump era

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 7, 2018

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, and GOP incumbents had been on defense in races across the country as control of the House turned into a signature contest of the season.

More women than ever were running, along with military veterans and minorities, many of them motivated by Trump's rise.

It's being called the most important midterm election in American history.

The outcome has serious stakes for the president.

Public opinion polls and analysts suggest that opposition Democrats have an advantage in the battle for control of the House of Representatives. "We overcame the Democrats' smear campaign and confirmed the newest member of the United States Supreme Court", he said.

The election is the first trial for Mr Trump, who has loomed large over it, campaigning vigorously across the country to fire up his base and propel key Republican candidates to power in races where some - like Senator Ted Cruz in Texas - have faced uncommonly strong opposition from Democratic challengers.

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

"The message that I'm going to send is: We're not okay with the direction that this president is leading our country", said Rory Mabin, a 34-year-old Chicago resident who votes in every midterm election.

For Democrats, the road to the 218-seat majority ran through two dozen suburban districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and through swaths of Trump country in the Rust Belt and heartland where voters backed the president. It was a deliberate strategy to expand the playing field to about 80 districts, stretching beyond college-educated voters in the suburbs into regions where the party has seen its fortunes fade. But 2018 Democrat congressional candidates are projected to spend more than $2.53 billion, versus about $2.20 billion for Republican candidates.

Barack Obama was president in 2010, and Republican voters were frustrated by their party's inability to oppose his agenda effectively. For the first time in his presidency, he offered an actual answer when he was asked if he had any regrets.

Over the prior five congressional midterms, Republicans spent slightly more than Democrats in each cycle. She was expected to lose to political newcomer Jennifer Wexton.

Two issues more than any others were on voters' minds: health care, which has been the Democrats' overwhelming emphasis, and immigration, which has been Trump's focus, according to AP VoteCast, a survey of the electorate.

Many people have already voted. The GOP's grip on high-profile governorships in Florida, Georgia and Wisconsin were at risk as well. They have also campaigned on healthcare, warning that more people would lose coverage if Republicans held onto power.

Republicans hadn't publicly given up hope Tuesday though that they could pull off a victory, and continued making their push to voters. Other seats in the state were also considered in play. In the Senate, Republicans are cautiously optimistic they will hold onto - or even add seats to - their slim 51-49 majority. Harris was facing a stiff challenge from Marine veteran and small-businessman Dan McCready. "The choice is clear: it's a choice between prosperity and higher taxes". "For the past two years, we've watched this administration attack and undermine our democratic institutions and values". In governors' races, Democrats have surprising opportunities in open seat contests in Kansas and South Dakota.

Governor posts and seats in state legislatures are also up for grabs.

About a half-hour later, he gave GOP Rep. Peter King a shout-out.

Four GOP seats in Orange County, including two where the incumbent Republicans retired, were in play, along with three other seats to the north beyond Los Angeles and into the Central Valley.

As the results begin to come in later in the day, Wolf said he's going to be closely watching the gubernatorial races. "It's just a very robust class of candidates that really reflects who we are as a country".

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