Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Voters head to polls in 2018 midterm elections

Voters head to polls in 2018 midterm elections

In the Miami area, former Clinton administration Cabinet member Donna Shalala defeated television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar in a costly, roller-coaster contest.

Democrats struck first in the battle for the House of Representatives, with Jennifer Wexton ousting incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock in a suburban Virginia district outside Washington, according to data provider DDHQ and USA media outlets. Wexton was among the record number of women running this year.

In an interview with Fox and Friends, Judge Andrew Napolitano have his assessment of what a Democratic majority in the House would mean for the Trump administration. It would also nearly certainly bring an onslaught of investigations of his businesses and his administration.

But Democrats - propelled by outsize support in the nation's suburbs, and from women and minority voters especially - notched victories in states that just two years ago helped Trump win the presidency.

Polls in some 20 states - including MA - will close at 8 p.m., just after Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina wrap things up at 7:30 p.m.

The midterms have even been dubbed the "health care election". Control of the U.S. House will depend on the effectiveness of the spillover from the President's message to suburban women voters in districts where he did not campaign. Party stalwarts and some independents have been roused by revulsion toward Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric and policies and his efforts to dismantle health care protections enacted under President Obama, and by the #MeToo movement's fury over sexual harassment.

"We have already seen a huge turnout, people out and about knocking on doors, making sure everybody gets out there, but I think turnout will be very, very high", Democratic candidate Katie Porter, who is running in Irvine, California, against two-term Republican incumbent Mimi Walters, told AFP.

The debate was dominated not by the GOP's $1.5 trillion tax cuts but by Trump's dire prediction of "invasion" from the migrant caravan and what he called the "radical" agenda of speaker-in-waiting Pelosi.

Republicans are expected to retain their slight majority in the U.S. Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve U.S. Supreme Court and other judicial nominations.

A inquiry into the Russian Federation investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, could be ordered by the House Judiciary Committee to determine if "impeachable" offences were committed by Trump, he said. Blackburn cast her ballot during early voting. Almost two-thirds of those voters said Mr. Trump was a factor. VoteCast debuted Tuesday and is a survey of more than 120,000 voters and nonvoters conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

"An American voter is not happy with one party being in charge", he said.

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A CNN/SSRS poll released Monday showed Democrats with a gaping 55% to 42% lead over Republicans among likely voters in a generic congressional ballot.

Trump would be left without congressional support to move his agenda forward under a Democratic House.

Republicans still had advantages in some areas, giving them hope of retaining a slim majority.

Striking a dark tone at a rally in IN on Monday evening, Trump accused Democrats of "openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our borders and overrun our country".

Georgians were picking their next governor following a tight, bitter race in the southern state.

As voters head to the polls Tuesday, nothing was certain.

In Virginia's 7th District, a Republican-leaning area near Richmond, Republican Rep. Dave Brat was in a tight race with Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer. In both Senate and House races, Democrats have focused heavily on health care and protecting people with pre-existing medical conditions. Now she faces a challenge from gun control activist Lucy McBath, whose son was shot and killed in 2012 after a dispute over loud music. But the share of the country that could decide control of the House of Representatives might be smaller.

Tightly contested Senate races in Florida, Ohio and West Virginia were too close to call, as were high-profile races for governor in Ohio and Georgia. Other seats in the state were also considered in play.

Preliminary exit poll results reported by ABC News showed that 18- to 29-year-olds accounted for 13 per cent of voters nationally, up from 11 per cent in 2014.

Midterm elections are typically hard for the party in power, but the GOP's hold on power was further weakened by an unusually large number of retirements as well as infighting between conservatives and centrists over their allegiance to Trump.

The tax law was particularly problematic for Republicans in New Jersey, where at least three GOP-held seats flipped. Democrat Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy pilot and federal prosecutor, was favored for a suburban Newark seat that became open after the sudden retirement of the powerful chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

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