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Americans Prepare to Render Midterm Verdict on Trump

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But one factor that could complicate things for GOP leaders is that most rank-and-file lawmakers have never served in the minority and are likely to be frustrated at how little they can do to stop bills through committees or on the House floor.

Republicans are expected to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.

Right now, Republicans control the Senate by a slim 51 to 49 margin.

Republicans now hold 33 governorships and 65 legislative chambers, with Democrats controlling 31 and 2 being tied, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), which does not include Nebraska's nonpartisan, unicameral legislature in its count. The writer, being a woman political journalist from India, now transplanted to the U.S., is in a unique position to observe the three aspects that are critical to defining this presidency: chauvinism, gunslinger politics, and immigration.

But with turnout a key unknown factor and pollsters still unsure about the effect of Trump's maverick style on voters, both parties admit that they may be in for a surprise. "Democrats have to win back the House and stop Trump". "No nation can allow its borders to be overrun".

On Twitter, he said the vote "might be the most important of our lifetimes".

Donnelly and Braun are engaged in a vicious air war on television, with Donnelly ripping Braun for high deductibles in the health plans his employees got, and Braun casting him as part of the 'extreme left'. "That is an invasion of our country". "They will be emboldened because if the Democrats take it by a narrow margin, there will be deep divisions within the Democratic Party". Last week, Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi predicted it would happen.

Mr Trump appears to have decided that immigration is the crucial issue that will turn out the coalition of voters that handed him an unlikely victory in the 2016 election.

To go in person, you need to find your closest polling station and required ID, possible via the US Foundation website. When you participate in the political process, you can be a check on bad behavior.

Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans alike have chalked up some early wins in the House.

His ability to govern in the final two years of his term will hinge upon the outcome.

The nationwide vote on Tuesday is being seen as a referendum on his presidency. Democratic Senate incumbents are up for re-election, for example, in North Dakota, West Virginia, and Montana - states Trump carried by 30 percentage points on average two years ago. If history is any guide, the party of a president with that level of support is in for a rough time in a mid-term election. "I think there's going to be a big backlash against Republicans because of this divisiveness".

Democrats have accused Republicans of racism, corruption and financial profligacy. "Trump has done a good job at keeping Republicans angry". RealClearPolitics puts Trump's average approval at about 43 percent, with 53 percent disapproving.

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.

University of Miami graduate student Maddie Kaufman, 24, said she was voting Democrat because of climate change.

Democrats faced a far more hard challenge in the Senate, where they were nearly exclusively on defense in rural states where Trump remains popular. Trump might even end up impeached by the House.

"The vast majority of women voters are angry, frustrated and they are really done with seeing where the Republican Party is taking them, particularly as it related to heath care and civility", said Stephanie Schriock, who leads EMILY's List, a group that help elect Democratic women. "Anything that gets done will have to be a bipartisan basis".

If Republicans hang on to their majorities in the House and Senate after two years of protests and marches against the Trump administration, it would be a crushing blow to Democrats.

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