Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

What Canadians need to know about Tuesday's USA midterm elections

What Canadians need to know about Tuesday's USA midterm elections

Lest Trump's remarks be interpreted as anticipating Republican losses in the House on Tuesday, the president said: "I really think we're going to see some good numbers out of the House".

For most of us, Election Day is Tuesday.

Most Democratic candidates have tended to avoid directly confronting the president, focusing instead on "kitchen table" issues such as healthcare and economic inequality. A Democratic win would deal a major blow to President Donald Trump's agenda in Congress and would be a significant victory for Democrats after the party was locked out of power in Washington following the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, young voters and Latinos would have to stay home.

According to Michael McDonald of the Elect Project, 26 states and the District of Columbia have surpassed their 2014 early vote totals. Robert Menendez of New Jersey. Emblematic of the thinly-disguised racist tropes he often resorts to, Trump told his supporters in Florida this week that the election is about "safety" that Democrats are aiming to destroy (in the state where he has property) and "when people are camping on your front lawn - remember (Andrew) Gillum", the Democrat in the running for the state's governorship. Their beliefs on subjects like immigration are already priced in to some extent too, of course, but the more Trump can drive up the fear factor, the more he might convince some populist stragglers to take an hour to go to the polls. Ted Cruz, the almost 4.9 million early voters has already surpassed turnout in the previous midterm elections.

"We haven't yet proven to the electorate the Democrats are a threat to their prosperity and how they're doing right now", he said. The Republican has small leads among whites and other minority voters. The number of Americans on Food Stamps plunged from 43.4 million in July 2016 to 38.9 million last July. Those problems will also be a factor Tuesday and worth noting.

As much as it would pain the Left to admit it, the Republican leadership of President Donald J. Trump and the GOP Congress is delivering on liberals' reputed goals far better than Obama and the Democrats ever did. There are now 236 Republicans, 193 Democrats, and six vacancies. In sharp contrast, men prefer Republican candidates by a margin of 50 percent to 33 percent.

Turnout is traditionally low in the United States mid-terms, with the 2014 election seeing a post-war record low of just 37 percent.

Other races to watch include Republican Pete Stauber's bid to flip a House Democratic stronghold in Minnesota, while Democrats in Florida and Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African American governors.

The Indiana Senate race.

Trump's approach strikes me as more effective under the circumstances unless he's gone so far with it that it's actually costing the party votes among indies.

In Texas, where Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke arose from obscurity to challenge Republican Sen.

Cramer, 57, who has served three terms in the House of Representatives, now leads in the polls. But now first-time candidate and former CIA Officer Abigail Spanberger has a shot at beating Brat.

The Democrats' leader in the House, Nancy Pelosi, pledged a confrontational approach toward the administration in an interview published Monday in HuffPost.

The Tennessee Senate Race.

However, Democrats are expected to fall short of the two seats they need to wrest control of the Senate from Republican hands.

The Democrats rolled out their biggest gun in the final days of the campaign: former president Barack Obama, who on Sunday made a last-ditch appeal for an endangered Senate Democrat in Indiana.

As we saw in 2016, election results can surprise pollsters and pundits.

Donald Trump, his Republicans and their Democratic rivals steeled themselves for a final frenzied day of campaigning Monday on the eve of contentious USA midterm elections, when voters render their verdict on the president's first two years in office. That should raise a lot of questions about our elections and voting.

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