Angry U.S. voters head to midterm polls in referendum on Trump

Mr Trump accused the ex-leader of breaking promises and Mr Obama said the president was 'fear-mongering'

Democrats were hoping for high turnout among independent voters who might vote blue as turmoil surrounds the Republican Party and President Donald Trump's divisive White House. Today Americans get to give their verdict on how he is doing in midterm congressional elections.

"This is a president who wants this midterm to be a referendum on him, largely because he thinks his own popularity is so great that it will carry Republicans across the finish line", Hudak said. So the Democrats are in the tough position of having to retain all 26 seats and add two more, if they need to wrest control and counter Trump's positions in the Senate. We need to get better trade deals with our friends around the world. Ahead of the vote, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi confidently predicted last week that Democrats would indeed win back the House. Given the stakes for his presidency, he might as well be.

'There are so many people in the House, ' Trump vented Sunday, saying he had focused his efforts on the Senate, in a move observers took as a step at managing expectations and avoiding blame.

Susan Pfeifer, a volunteer leader who lives in the Outer Sunset, said the enthusiasm from San Francisco activists this year felt more like a presidential election than a midterm.

A Democratic blowout in Tuesday's midterms would be debilitating for President Donald Trump and Americans, according to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. 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. Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or even maintains a healthy minority. Hundreds of millions were spent by the parties, supplemented by more money from outside groups, to frame the debate.

Opposition Democrats hope to seize at least partial control of Congress.

He noted that Republicans now hold 33 governorships, compared to 17 for the Democrats.

Often the candidates Trump has traveled to support seem like supporting actors in the theater of his rallies, though in the final days of the campaign Trump has been more generous in his praise of Republicans he wishes to see elected.

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With terms of six years, about a third of the Senate is up for election every two years.

Several districts on the East Coast with early poll closing times were among those watched Tuesday for signs of the electorate's mood. However, not so obvious is the fact that Democrats tend to speak louder about their voting habits than Republicans do, possibly putting Republicans even higher than the Rasmussen poll indicates. 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.

"They are convinced that we have become a socialist country already and that they've been jobbed out of elections which would prove that", he said.

In a suburban battleground in Atlanta, Republican Rep. Karen Handel won a costly special election earlier this cycle but faced an upstart challenge from Lucy McBath, whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed at a gas station. Among them a record number of women and non-white candidates, but also many military veterans.

Julie Hoeppner, a 67-year-old psychologist in IN, voted early for Republican candidates, also citing illegal immigration as a primary concern. "Cordray, a bad person who will do a awful job", Trump told the crowd.

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Voters will cast their ballots across the country on Tuesday What happens on election day?

Federal and state officials have been working for almost two years to shore up the nation's election infrastructure from cyberattacks by Russians or others seeking to disrupt the voting process.

Governors are also being chosen in 36 out of 50 states.

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