Youth turnout could hold the key in the US mid terms and threaten Trump's hold on Congress

Youth turnout could hold the key in the US mid terms and threaten Trump's hold on Congress

The day of reckoning for U.S. politics approaches as Americans prepare to go to the polls. All law-making and policy would be essential controlled by democrats, though Trump would retain a veto power.

"Everything matters and everything's at stake", Schriock said. And only twice in the past eight decades has the president's party picked up House seats in the midterms. And 35 Senate seats are in play, as are nearly 40 governorships and the balance of power in virtually every state legislature.

Trump is telling supporters on a tele-town hall organized by his re-election campaign that, even though he's not on the ballot, "in a certain way I am on the ballot". "I don't think that message blends very well with an anti-anything message".

He also contended, as he does daily, that if the Democrats win they will work to roll back everything he's tried to accomplish.

This outcome would be Republicans' ideal, in part because there's a decent chance that they will widen their Senate majority on Tuesday given the number of Democratic seats that are vulnerable in states Trump won.

Perhaps more importantly, they would also win subpoena power to investigate the president's many personal and professional mis-steps.

Here are four scenarios for how election night might play out and what each could mean.

Claiming that the country literally faces an "invasion" of migrants, Trump has sent thousands of soldiers to the Mexican border, suggested that illegal immigrants who throw stones should be shot, and made wild claims about the Democrats planning turn the country into a crime-and-drugs black hole. A slim majority of, say, fewer than seven seats, will make it much harder for Pelosi to both regain the speaker's gavel and, assuming she does, keep the Democratic caucus united.

The political realignment, if there is one, could re-shape U.S. politics for a generation.

But with turnout a key unknown factor and pollsters still unsure about the effect of Mr Trump's maverick style on voters, both parties admit that they may be in for nasty surprises.

He was joined by Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and the President's ex-campaign aides, David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, a source familiar with the guest list said.

President Donald Trump is forecasting Cabinet changes after the election, calling such adjustments "very customary" but offering no timeline for them.

Kristin Hawn, a Democratic strategist working with the Blue Dog PAC, said she expects that if Democrats do win, the dynamic between party members will be different than it was when Democrats led by large majorities.

The GOP's successes were fueled by a coalition that's decidedly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have college degrees.

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The partisan gap in Congress has widened as Blue Dogs' membership has been whittled down to its current 18-member standing, but ahead of Election Day, the Blue Dog PAC has endorsed more than 20 congressional candidates it hopes to add to its ranks. They are also poised to make history with a number of LGBT candidates and Muslims up and down the ballot. On Monday Trump's agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue said "this election is so cotton-pickin' important to the state of Florida" which is another example of race-baiting (cotton-picking having been plantation work for slaves).

For Trump's rally Sunday night in Chattanooga, Tennessee, ahead of midterm elections, Greenwood appeared on stage to deliver the song in person. "But it'll be a start".

Mr Trump has delivered a very different closing argument, railing against Latin American immigrants seeking asylum at the USA border.

It's very likely Republicans will keep control of Senate.

Democrats are most optimistic about the House, a sprawling battlefield extending from Alaska to Florida. Democrats flipped seats in suburban districts outside of Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago and Denver. Now the task of fixing Illinois' extensive fiscal problems, including one of the worst-funded state pension systems in America, falls to Democrat Jay Pritzker, a wealthy businessman who pumped some $170 million of his own money into his campaign and has called for raising revenues through new sources, including legalizing sports betting and marijuana.

"In this cycle, it seemed as if there was a disproportionately negative reaction among highly educated voters to Trump", he said.

Republicans now hold 33 governorships and 65 legislative chambers, with Democrats controlling 31 and two being tied, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), which does not include Nebraska's nonpartisan, unicameral legislature in its count.

Still, Democratic control of the House of Representatives if not of the Senate will likely not lead to the dire political chaos that Republicans fear or, on the foreign policy front, to the substantive shift of current USA attitudes or policy toward Russian Federation.

Trump had aggressively campaigned in the closing days of the race, his focus on boosting Republicans in states that he carried in 2016. In the Senate, Republicans could still approve federal judges and Trump Supreme Court nominees, but if they want to get any big legislation done they're going to have to negotiate with Democrats in the House, and possibly a Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Her opponent Kemp is a hardline Trump supporter who brandished a shotgun in his election ad and said he drives a big truck in case he needs to round up illegal immigrants. "They want to go after him for everything from his tax returns to his cellphone use and connections with Russian Federation, and now have far more powers to do so".

Powerful Democratic forces are already pushing for Mr Trump's impeachment, even if Democratic leaders are not yet ready to go that far.

Liberal activist Tom Steyer spent roughly $120 million this midterm season. He claims that's why Democrat Hillary Clinton received almost 3 million more votes than Trump nationwide. Democrats would need to sweep them all, and then still pick up additional seats in deep red states. McCaskill has run a pretty weird campaign - one of her radio ads says she's not "one of those insane Democrats".

By Election Day, both sides are expected to have spent more than $5 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

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