Democrats' hopes high for taking House, but nothing certain

Political Cornflakes: 'Trump has hijacked the election': Republicans worry the president's charged immigration rhetoric will cost them the House

Political Cornflakes: 'Trump has hijacked the election': Republicans worry the president's charged immigration rhetoric will cost them the House

If the Democrats do get their hands on at least one of the two bodies that make up the US Congress it could have a significant impact on the next two years of Mr Trump's presidency.

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.

Republicans are counting on Trump to rally his supporters in the closing hours to help maintain their narrow 51-to-49 seat edge in the Senate.

Democrats would need all five of those races to go their way presuming they hold the seats they're expected to, plus pick up a seat in a longshot like Texas or Tennessee or MS to claim a majority.

Seventeen Republican incumbents are defending House seats in districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.

President Barack Obama told an IL rally, "They have declared war on Obamacare, they've declared war on the Affordable Care Act and all the provisions in it". "No nation can allow its borders to be overrun".

"Trump is helping. He's becoming more and more radioactive", Manley said. "I wouldn't say it's as important as '16, but it's right up there". "That is an invasion of our country".

Democrats need to win a net total of 23 seats to retake the House of Representatives. Democrats have campaigned heavily on the topic - attacking Republican attempts a year ago to repeal Obamacare health insurance reforms.

Democrats face a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they are nearly exclusively on defence in rural states where Trump remains popular. When you participate in the political process, you can be a check on bad behavior. "He said if the Democrats lose the House but have more total votes than the Republicans in House races, then you better batten down your house and you better protect yourself because the Democrats are gonna be loaded for bear".

When the Democrats lost the House in 2010, they rapidly saw President Barack Obama's legislative agenda die.

Voter turnout could be the highest for a midterm election in 50 years, experts predicted. His current approval rating among Republican voters has reportedly touched a whopping 89 percent.

Don Albrecht, a 75-year-old accountant and Republican who voted for Trump in 2016, lives blocks away from the Louisville grocery store where two people died.

Carlos Gallinar, an El Paso resident, said he planned to vote for O'Rourke because of "the negative energy coming out of Washington and this president". "Democrats produce mobs", Trump said at his final rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

"The big picture is that midterm elections go against the president's party", noted John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. But I think both sides will be ultimately disappointed by the results. It's an area that serves as a pretty good example of Republicans' problems in the Trump era with highly educated voters in suburban areas, especially women. RealClearPolitics puts Trump's average approval at about 43 percent, with 53 percent disapproving. "That is particularly true when a president is unpopular, as this president is".

A slim Republican majority in the House would also present challenges, likely inflaming simmering intraparty disputes.

"We didn't agonize, we organized", she said.

Democratic candidates for the House of Representative have raised $649m (£500m) from individual donors, more than doubling the $312m tally for the Republicans.

Should they win back a majority in the House, Democrats are expected to launch a flurry of investigations into the president and his administration.

But as he touched down in IN for the second leg of his final-day tour, even Trump conceded that the House may slip from his party's grasp.

The airtight House contests are scattered across the country: Among them, Democrat Abigail Spanberger is challenging Republican Rep. Dave Brat in Virginia's 7th Congressional District; Democrat Danny O'Connor and Republican Troy Balderson are rematching in Ohio's 12th Congressional District; and Democrat Harley Rouda is challenging longtime Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in California's 48th Congressional District.

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