What are the 2018 midterm elections and why do they matter?

Lara Trump: Obama Stumping for Dems Shows 'They Must Be Pretty Scared' for Midterms

The gap was 9 points in the previous edition of the poll.

"We finally have a president who understands and he wants to help people", she said.

Democrats are being powered by African-Americans - 84 to 8 percent - Latinos - 57 to 29 percent - by voters between the ages of 18 and 34 - 57 to 34 percent - and women - 55 to 37 percent.

The GOP is facing greater headwinds in the House of Representatives.

Mr. Trump's aides say the president will be campaigning right to the end, planning a series of get-out-the-vote interviews with local media at the White House Tuesday before settling in to watch the returns. Despite reports from the ground by the media of the struggles of the people walking almost 5,000 miles to the American border, queries are raised on how come they appear so clean and not exhausted at all. It's likely they will fire up voter turnout even more in the final hours before the election, according to the report.

Still, his xenophobic rhetoric has been unprecedented for an American president in the modern era: "Barbed wire used properly can be a handsome sight", Trump told voters in Montana.

His current approval rating among Republican voters has reportedly touched a whopping 89 percent.

What are the midterm elections?

Despite some challenges he faced with the US economy, he accomplished many great things by the time his term ended in January 2017, after securing a second term in 2012.

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With the election just days away as the poll was conducted, enthusiasm was up among both parties' voters, but Democrats advantage in enthusiasm narrowed to just 4 points: 68% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents were enthusiastic about voting, while 64% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said the same. "These are some very close races and they are in states where Trump won big".

Most years when there is a robust economy, the party in power can count on voters recognizing, and then rewarding, its record. Trump's response to the court decision was to call Kemp's campaign "extraordinary" and attack his Democrat opponent Stacy Abrams.

Republican candidates have tried to emphasize the economy in their campaigns, but they have sometimes been overwhelmed by presidential rhetoric and by sharp attacks by Democrats on the issue of health care, which have put them on the defensive. "We are the Democratic Party", he said.

Trump and Obama are the most popular figures in their parties, and their appearances on the campaign trail are created to stoke enthusiasm among core supporters in the late stages of a midterm congressional election widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first two years in the White House.

Republicans are favoured to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.

White women without college degrees prefer Republicans by a 12-point margin, though white women with degrees clearly prefer Democrats, 61 percent to 33 percent.

When pressed on what Trump was doing by emphasizing Obama's middle name, Short replied: "I think we know what he's doing".

What's likely to happen?

For while most of these elections are local contests - one figure with a regional reputation against another, some of whom are incumbents - there is a vital overlay to Tuesday's voting that can not be ignored: the fate, historically, legally, morally and politically, of Mr. Trump. The new congressional term begins in January 2019.

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