Election Day to test Democratic resistance in Trump era

We Will Keep Congress. Here's Why

Republicans are expected 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.

Trump's even-keeled talk comes despite a feverish campaign schedule and a second trip to IN in just four days IN an all-out effort to take down Democratic Sen.

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican leader, told NPR that fewer GOP members overall means "you don't have as many people that can just be free agents".

All 435 seats in the U.S. house of representatives are up for re-election.

A turbulent election season that tested President Donald Trump's slash-and-burn political style against the strength of the Democratic resistance comes to a close as Americans cast ballots in the first national election of the Trump era.

A man wearing a Space Force shirt documents the scene before a campaign rally with President Donald Trump at the Bojangles Coliseum on October 26, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

While pollsters and analysts have become more cautious in expressing predictions since Trump's shock 2016 election victory, there was a broad consensus that Democrats will probably win the House, but not the Senate. "They worked very hard to avoid what was widely viewed as the mistake of 2016, which was to be seen as too anti-Trump".

Perhaps more importantly, they would also win subpoena power to investigate the president's many personal and professional mis-steps.

The party of a first-term president tends to lose congressional seats in off-year elections.

Mr Trump is not on the ballot. Republicans now hold 51 against the Democrats' 49 (with two independents).

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On the last day of the campaign, several major television networks - including NBC, CNN and Trump's favourite broadcaster Fox News - announced they had rejected an advertisement from Trump's team that portrayed immigrants as a violent threat to the US.

A nationwide poll released on Sunday by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal details the depth of the demographic shifts. At the same time, Republican governors in Maryland and MA - traditionally blue states - look poised for easy re-election victories.

On the other side, Republicans led with voters between the ages of 50 and 64 (52% to 43%), men (50% to 43%) and whites (50% to 44%). Polling suggests the Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

Sanders offered a less restrained version of progressivism, which resonated with millions of Democratic voters.

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Obama, still hoarse from days of campaigning, told volunteers that issues like health care and opportunities for working families are "on the ballot", along with the nation's character.

In Miami, Florida International University political scientist Kathryn DePalo said: "It's really a base election".

Immigration is in the spotlight this Election Day. "But it'll be a start". "And when you do that, then the spirit of America is going to shine". Democrats had been looking at contesting a House race here, but that's faded from the list of truly competitive takeovers in the final weeks.

But if the Democrats wrest control of one or both chambers, they could stymie or even reverse Mr Trump's plans.

The Trump administration now holds power in all branches of government - the presidency, the Congress and the Supreme Court - and if Democrats were to take back the House, they could put a pin in much of Trump's agenda. In fact, I said goodbye to him and left before he did.

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