Election Day to test Democratic resistance in Trump era

Barack Obama condemned Donald Trump without addressing him by name and Republicans for what he described as their divisive policies

The election comes just days after a series of hate crimes and political attacks, including the arrest of a man who mailed pipe bombs to Mr. Trump critics whom the President often derides as "evil", "un-American", and "the enemy".

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. Another 35 USA senate seats are in play, as well as nearly 40 gubernatorial votes and the balance of power in virtually every state chamber.

Out of a total of 100 seats, only 35 are up for grabs as the duration of sitting is staggered in six year terms. Republicans voted to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, and Mr. Trump at one point mocked the accuser during a rally.

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With a walking caravan of immigrants weeks away from reaching the border, Mr Trump dispatched more than 5,000 troops to the region. "No nation can allow its borders to be overrun". "I wouldn't say it's as important as '16, but it's right up there".

"I feel less comfortable making a prediction today than I have in two decades", Republican pollster Frank Luntz said. "That is an invasion of our country".

He, like most analysts and party officials, said the most probable scenario is in between - Democrats pick up more than the 23 seats needed to gain the majority in the House, while the GOP is likely to hold onto its Senate majority and possibly gain a few seats.

"It's all fragile. Everything I told you about, it can be undone and changed by the Democrats if they get in", Trump told supporters Monday during a telephone "town hall" organized by his re-election campaign.

Trump began last week to warn that a loss might be coming, suggesting it would not be a big problem: "My whole life, you know what I say?" When you participate in the political process, you can be a check on bad behavior. About 40 million early votes were likely cast, said Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who tracks the figures.

Bearing boxes of doughnuts, former President Barack Obama and Virginia Sen.

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Female college graduates in well-off suburbs are in the spotlight because many are voicing disgust with Trump's aggressive rhetoric, and their votes could decide tight races in Democrats' favor.

But Brookings Institution expert John Hudak said it is also clear that Trump is a major issue for both parties this year.

The nationwide vote on Tuesday is being seen as a referendum on his presidency.

In the final hours before the election, Mr Trump has criss-crossed the country, pitching for key candidates in critical states such as Florida and Missouri.

"The midterm elections used to be, like, boring", he said in Ohio. "The Democrats will do quite well in the House of Representatives, in the governorships and state legislatures".

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who is retiring at the end of this year, said he still thinks Republicans can limit the damage and maintain the majority. RealClearPolitics puts Trump's average approval at about 43 percent, with 53 percent disapproving.

There are also elections for 36 of the 50 state governors. He has claimed that he got the support of 52 percent of women in the United States in the 2016 Presidential polls, which he won against Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and he keeps raising the pitch on how migrants provide an unsafe environment particularly for women and for the prospects of their children.

Traditionally, the party of the sitting USA president loses seats in Congress in the midterm elections.

The math in the Senate is better for Republicans.

The GOP has a 47-vote advantage in the House; the Democrats would need to win 24 seats to take control. Speaking to reporters as he left the White House en route to his rallies, Trump seemed to dampen expectations for his party in the House.

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