Key US midterm races to watch - and when to watch them

Nate Silver on Whether Dems Will Take the House

He said he won't be to blame if the GOP loses the House, but analysts say the election is indeed all about him. Democrats need him to win if they hope to have any chance at taking over the Senate, as much of a long shot as it is for them to do that this cycle.

Crist is pretty safe in his Congressional District 13 race, but Webb, Cross and Shaw are all running competitive races.

Waiting to vote at a polling station on Tuesday morning in Miami Dade county, video editor Daniel Z., 52, described himself as an independent voter, and said: "This is an accident in democracy - that a reality TV guy is our president". "Even though I'm not on the ballot, in a certain way I am on the ballot", Trump said at a rally in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday night.

The outcome has serious stakes for the president.

"I feel confident we will win", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday, decked out in a bright blue dress at her party's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

GOP Whip Steve Scalise said the president's rallies were building momentum and with the economy a selling point, he predicted his party would retain a slim majority.

Facebook's purge is part of countermeasures to prevent abuses like those used by Russian groups two years ago to sway public opinion ahead of the 2016 United States presidential election.

Millions of Americans are heading to the polls in the first major voter test of Trump's chaotic, often controversial presidency. It was a deliberate strategy to expand the playing field to about 80 districts, stretching beyond college-educated voters in the suburbs into regions where the party has seen its fortunes fade.

On the Senate side, Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly's fate will likely be critical to Senate control. Hundreds of millions were spent by the parties, supplemented by more money from outside groups, to frame the debate.

They need to pick up two dozen seats to claim the House majority. For Republicans they are less obvious.

Barack Obama was president in 2010, and Republican voters were frustrated by their party's inability to oppose his agenda effectively.

Keeping control of the House would validate President Trump's governing style and mean full speed ahead for Hill Republicans to move his agenda. It's the first time since Nov 8 2016 the entire nation will render judgement on you. Democrats could also make significant progress in the investigations of Trump's possible collusion with Russian Federation and of his tax returns. She was expected to lose to political newcomer Jennifer Wexton. This is to say nothing of all the things - violence, hatred, anxiety, long-term negative economic trends - for which politicians have some responsibility but about which no one much expected them to do anything. Very high. In several states, there have been more early votes this year than there were total votes last time, in 2014.

Many of the Democratic candidates have military backgrounds and emerged as formidable challengers, particularly in red-state districts where Republicans have dominated. Trump's closing argument has largely focused on fear - warning that a Democratic takeover would throw the country into chaos, spurring an influx of illegal immigration and a wave of crime. This, though, is Republicans' best chance to flip a gubernatorial seat with Mike Dunleavy.

By the time Britain wakes up tomorrow morning, we will know the result of the 2018 USA midterm elections. Other seats in the state were also considered in play. Short of a miracle gain of nine seats, Republicans won't have the 60 votes needed to overcome filibusters on legislation. Harris was facing a stiff challenge from Marine veteran and small-businessman Dan McCready. In governors' races, Democrats have surprising opportunities in open seat contests in Kansas and South Dakota.

About a half-hour later, he gave GOP Rep. Peter King a shout-out. A lot of them are in Southern California, around Orange County.

"We always knew these races are going to be close", said Rep. Katherine Clark of MA, co-chair of House Democrats' recruitment efforts. 'We'll just have to work a little bit differently, ' he said.

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What are the USA midterm elections, and do they matter to us?
Control of the House comes with subpoena power and the ability to use it to get his returns and potentially make them public. Many pundits see more than President Trump on the ballot; numerous opeds have said the idea of America itself is at stake.