Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

President Trump Makes His Final Pitch: It's Time to Vote Republican

President Trump Makes His Final Pitch: It's Time to Vote Republican

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro, Ill., Oct. 27, 2018. Some of these candidates are running in suburban districts which have historically been red. Yet Democrats tempered expectations for a "blue wave", characterizing the fight for power as a block-by-block slog.

But in Indiana, Obama said Republicans were taking credit for the economic renewal that started under his presidency. "I don't think so", Trump said, invoking images of the caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico.

Democrat Andrew Gillum would achieve a milestone if elected in Florida too, against Trump supporter Ron DeSantis.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Barack Obama made duelling election appearances on Sunday, offering sharply different views on the country's problems but agreeing on the high stakes for voters in the final 48 hours of a tight campaign.

The Trump administration now holds power in all branches of government - the presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court - and if Democrats were to take back the House, they could put a pin in much of Trump's agenda.

Midterm elections in the USA generally garner far less attention than the presidential ones, but this year, not surprisingly, the situation is different as there is a lot at stake for both parties. But much to Trump's chagrin, the effort failed in the Senate by a single vote previous year. "But I have never seen such an enthusiastic Republican Party". Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or even maintains a healthy minority. Hundreds of millions were spent by the parties, supplemented by more money from outside groups, to frame the debate.

Trump has boasted about the economy and hammered away at illegal immigration in the closing days of the campaign as he seeks to hold onto a majority in Congress and push his legislative agenda.

Waters, who is black, doesn't have a leadership position like Schumer or Pelosi, but is nearly always mentioned in the same breath as them at Trump's rallies. The first polls, on the East Coast, close at 7 p.m. ET.

Right now, Republicans control the Senate by a slim 51 to 49 margin. Both are Navy veterans. Beto O'Rourke, who is challenging Republican Sen.

The GOP's hold on the majority was complicated by an unusually large number of retirements as well as persistent infighting between conservatives and centrists, with much of the conflict centered on the question of allegiance to Trump.

Democrats led with likely African-American voters (84% to 8%), Latinos (57% to 29%), voters between the ages of 18-34 (57% to 34%), women (55% to 37%) and independents (35% to 23%).

Tuesday's elections will also test the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender and especially education. Meanwhile, Democrats are fighting hard to take seats that have been held by Republicans in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Tennessee. Harris was facing a stiff challenge from Marine veteran and small-businessman Dan McCready.

The charged atmosphere is expected to drive record turnout in some places, but on the eve of the election, it is far from certain which side will show up in the greatest numbers.

Vulnerable Democratic senators in states won by Trump are also focusing on the issue.

The committee also distanced itself from eight-term Rep. Steve King of Iowa after racial remarks, and his seat was unexpectedly contested in the final week of the campaign.

Democrats have telegraphed they will open up investigations of his administration if they take over, and even try to force the release of his tax returns, something previous presidents did voluntarily for decades.

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh explained on his national broadcast Tuesday: "Focusing first on the early vote, who is it?"

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