Trump says election will be seen as referendum on him

As midterms loom, Trump seems at peace with losing the House. Is that because it could help him in 2020?

As midterms loom, Trump seems at peace with losing the House. Is that because it could help him in 2020?

The extraordinary United States midterm election has been a tug of war over key issues, but none has had a more dramatic impact on voters than Donald Trump, the man who isn't even on the ballot. A WSJ/NBC poll released yesterday indicated that almost 75% of likely voters said their vote was meant to send a signal about the President.

This time, given the increased turnout and the rise of young and first-time voters, analysts see the Democratic Party as very likely to regain control of the House, but less likely to gain control of the Senate. Top science and tech researchers are complaining that the best and brightest in their field are so put off by Trump's hard immigration policy that they're not coming to America at all.

Here are the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country.

"Trump is helping. He's becoming more and more radioactive", Manley said. Polls show the two nearly neck and neck - an interesting race to tune into on election night.

But the billionaire businessman's explosive and iconoclastic personality has taken the trend to a new level.

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, to bolster the prospects of Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn, Trump once again warned that caravans of illegal immigrants are on their way to flood across the southern border.

"So it's how high of a priorty will it be for President Trump, what is he willing to trade, and what are Democrats willing to ask for in order to give the president a victory on this particular trade deal".

In Southern California, lifelong Democrat Theresa Hunter said she didn't take Trump seriously in 2016.

The campaign's final weeks were marred by the worst anti-Semitic attack in modern U.S. history, which left 11 dead in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

"Whether or not the deal is ratified or how quickly it's ratified, whether it has to be tweaked, will all be a negotiation between the 116th Congress - which could well be a different stripe than the president - and the Trump White House", Maryscott Greenwood, CEO of the Canadian American Business Council, told BNN Bloomberg in a recent television interview.

This spasm of violence fueled a debate about the president's caustic rhetoric, and whether it has played a role in deepening American divisions.

That skepticism suggests that current valuations do not fully reflect the polls' expectations and Treasury yields may still move down if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives. For many, the poll will be viewed as a referendum on Trump. He quickly hit the road, and in typical Trump fashion attacked his opponents. They are also poised to make history with the number of LGBT candidates and Muslims up and down the ballot.

And they appear particularly motivated to vote.

Hurl pointed out the divisions that often occur in both parties, which can muddy the significance between a narrow Democratic majority and a narrow Republican majority.

Throughout the fall, Trump has cast an overwhelming shadow over the midterm elections, which will serve as a testing ground for his nationalist appeals.

Ronna McDaniel, head of the Republican National Committee, said on ABC's "This Week" program that the media had chosen to focus on Trump's immigration rhetoric but the president was also emphasizing economic and job gains under his presidency.

Adding to the fear-mongering are Republican-led conspiracy theories about Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros helping finance the caravan of Central American migrants. The strangers faced each other from opposite edges of the great American divide, Democrat versus Republican, both convinced the election is among the most consequential in their lifetimes and that they must save the nation from the other side.

It is an arresting theme in a country that does not have a universal health coverage system.

Former U.S. president Barack Obama stumped for Indiana Sen.

'I think we're gonna do well with the House, ' Trump told reporters at the White House Sunday.

US President Donald Trump campaigns in Tennesee on Monday. He has campaigned in 24 states for Republicans.

"It's a lie", Obama declared on Friday.

"But sometimes it's not exciting to talk about the economy". But farmers themselves have suffered from retaliatory measures imposed by America's trading partners.

With opinion polls showing dozens of tight US congressional and gubernatorial races in Tuesday's election, the current and former presidents said the results would determine what kind of country Americans live in for the next two years.

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