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Elections 2018: What Happens If Republicans Lose The House?

Elections 2018: What Happens If Republicans Lose The House?

Trump, however, has seized this allegedly unconnected-to-the-elections caravan in his inimitable style. "We have an energy over the last couple of weeks that people have not seen in the Republican Party, and it feels very much like '16 because they love what we've done, and they want to keep it going". He is already talking about making deals with Democrats on infrastructure, something that could leave Republicans on the sidelines. Wasserman also moved West Virginia Republican Representative Alex Mooney's re-election from "Solid Republican" to "Likely Republican".

The Cook Report supports a CNN poll released today, which also indicates a Democrat advantage. 3% of likely voters said they would choose another candidate while 6% were undecided. Watch for real results Tuesday.

"The big picture is that midterm elections go against the president's party", noted John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.

After that the president will only have a few hours more before polls open across the world's largest economy.

President Trump intensified his closing campaign argument Monday in three key Midwestern states, urging voters to "stop the radical resistance in its tracks" and to protect the gains of his political movement as voters decide control of Congress.

Should Democrats take the House, they will be able to block party-line legislation and chair several critical committees with appropriations and subpoena power, making it hard for the president to unilaterally decide what priorities to fund, and opening him and his aides to investigation on countless fronts.

Trump campaigned with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for the governor's office.

And in the Senate more than a third of seats are there for the taking. The amusing thing is that President Donald Trump seems at peace with that.

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Democratic consultant Jim Manley said Tuesday may reveal if Democrats are having any success recapturing white working class voters in the Midwest who backed Trump in 2016.

"If the radical Democrats take power they will take a wrecking ball to our economy and our future", Trump declared in Cleveland, using the same heated rhetoric that has defined much of his presidency. "And they want to erase America's borders", Trump told a raucous rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee late Sunday. Data from the Voter Study Group show that 9% of Obama's 2012 voters, almost 6 million people, switched to Trump in 2016. But the angry tone has turned off swathes of Americans, giving Democrats confidence that they could capture at least the lower house of Congress, even if the Republicans are forecast to hold on to the Senate.

The Democrats rolled out their biggest gun in the final days of the campaign: former president Barack Obama, who made a last-ditch appeal for an endangered Senate Democrat in Indiana.

Laying into the tangled legal scandals enveloping the Trump administration - especially the possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives - Mr Obama scoffed: "They've racked up enough indictments to fill a football team". "This compares to the mid- to high 20s for most weeks during President Obama's previous year in office".

"The character of our country is on the ballot", he said. "But it'll be a start". Still, it's coming down to the wire and could be key in deciding which party ends up with control of the Senate.

But a healthy economy favours the incumbent, so Mr Trump may yet defy the historical pattern.

All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives, 35 US Senate seats and 36 governorships are up for grabs in elections focused on dozens of competitive races from coast to coast that opinion polls show could go either way.