Health care, immigration and economy top issues as Americans cast midterm votes

Sergio Conner
November 8, 2018

Still, while Bill Clinton and the Democrats lost 54 seats to Republicans in 1994, and Barack Obama and the Democrats lost 63 seats to the Republicans in 2010, it doesn't look like Donald Trump and the Republicans will lose almost that many seats to Democrats in these 2018 midterms.

With control of Congress, statehouses and the president's agenda at stake, some of the nation's top elections were too close to call.

Republicans now hold a 51-49 edge in Senate seats and are a strong favourite to retain control of the legislative body.

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, and 36 governorships are up for grabs as Americans cast their ballots.

For Democrats, gaining the 23 seats needed to win control of the House will likely mean flipping several upscale suburban districts with large numbers of college graduates. If Democrats are on fire, this is also the hour when the bottom could fall out for Republicans, and the House majority could be called. "It's just a question of the size of victory".

In a string of rallies attracting thousands of supporters in battleground states and districts, Trump leant heavily on his anti-immigration views, portraying a caravan of central-American migrants as a dire threat, and the other party as pandering to illegal immigrants.

Republicans are defending 41 open or vacant House seats on Tuesday, compared with 22 defended by Democrats. She finished about 3 percentage points behind the incumbent in a Lexington-area district Trump won by 15 percentage points in 2016.

Democrats hoped their supporters' would surge to the polls. At times he even appeared at odds with his own campaign, which in the election's final days released a gauzy ad aimed at suburban women. "Now it's like the hottest thing".

The N.C. Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement reported issues with some ballot-counting machines, and blamed them on humidity and long ballots.

"It's a very good turnout", said William Harkins, chief election officer at a polling station in Arlington, Virginia. "I think it's about the character of the country", he said in Wilmington, Delaware, where he voted.

Voting in Chicago, James Gerlock, 27, a Republican, said he wanted to see more of the soaring economic growth that Trump says is the fruit of his business-friendly policies. "I have never had to wait that long, ever", Barkley said.

Severe weather in several Southern states could affect voter turnout on Election Day.

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It will also feature the first Native American women, the first Muslim women and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress . And it will bring the share of Congress members who are women up from the current 20 percent to at least 22 percent.

The most important elections concern Congress as it is the national legislative body responsible for passing laws on everything from immigration to the economy.

"Most [Democratic candidates] were talking about the fact that if Donald Trump is in charge, Americans who have preexisting conditions or any kind of health challenge for themselves or their family, won't be able to buy health care", he said.

He claimed Monday that Democrats wanted to make America "a giant sanctuary city for drug dealers, predators, and bloodthirsty MS-13 killers".

"The president has energized a staggering number of Americans at packed arenas and in overflow crowds at rallies across the country".

Beto O'Rourke, a charismatic Democrat seeking to dethrone Republican Ted Cruz in Texas, said the state is one of "immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees". And even though Harvey says none of the candidates particularly excite her, she is planning on voting for all the democratic nominees on the ballot. "No one from outside can stir paranoia or fear that can change that".

The close races and major anxiety tonight aren't just restricted to the House and the Senate (as if that weren't enough!).

Democrats seized their first two Republican-held seats of the USA midterm elections Tuesday, November 6, networks projected, flipping House seats in Virginia and Florida seen as crucial to the opposition party's effort to regain a majority in the chamber. The results will start coming in shortly after the voting concludes. Victories in contested races across Florida, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Minnesota gave them cause for optimism.

"For the past two years, we've watched this administration attack and undermine our democratic institutions and values", Clinton said.

"We'll vote for fantastic candidates all over the country - including a historic number of women - who want to raise wages, fight for justice, and help more people get health care".

Voting has already wrapped up in parts of Kentucky, where the White House is watching incumbent three-term Republican Rep. Andy Barr's effort to hold his seat a state Trump won by 16 points in 2016 as a potential barometer of how the night will go.

Election workers assist would-be voters at First Ward Creative Arts Academy on November 6, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two key GOP seats are at stake; in Arizona, GOP candidate Congresswoman Martha McSally is in a tightly contested race with Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema for the seat vacated by GOP Senator Jeff Flake; in Nevada incumbent GOP Senator Dean Heller is locked in a combative race with Democratic challenger Jacky Rosen.

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