Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Americans start voting in midterm election verdict on Trump

Mr Trump accused the ex-leader of breaking promises and Mr Obama said the president was 'fear-mongering' Image Mr Trump accused the ex-leader of breaking promises and Mr Obama said the president was 'fear-mongering'
Orlando Vargas | 06 November, 2018, 19:39

If Republicans keep their majority, McCarthy could be the next speaker of the House.

Donald Trump is banking on the Republican majority in the Senate and House of Representatives remaining.

Should Democrats take the House, they will be able to block party-line legislation and chair several critical committees with appropriations and subpoena power, making it hard for the president to unilaterally decide what priorities to fund, and opening him and his aides to investigation on countless fronts. He said the country is turning around rapidly and will have many quarters like the one that delivered 4.2 percent GDP growth under his presidency.

"The only check right now on the behaviour of these Republicans is you and your vote", Obama told supporters in Gary, Indiana, during a rally for endangered Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly.

An hour later comes Virginia, the entirety of IN and Georgia, all of which have crucial races, as well as parts of Florida with key House battles. But Karl Rove, former top adviser to President George W. Bush, has a different prediction about how Republicans will react if they lose the House.

"I would say tone". "They'll be miserable because they're in the minority".

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

"I think the Senate will be too much of an uphill climb". 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.

Trump tweeted last month: "Republicans will protect people with pre-existing conditions far better than the Dems!"

Ultimately, the election is seen as a referendum on Mr Trump.

Trump's approval rating is also a concern for Republicans.

"Dog whistle politics by its very nature exploits coded language that communicates a strong racial subtext but simultaneously allows the dog whistling politician to deny that he intends a racial message", Ian Haney López, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, tells TIME in an email.

However, the election will have a significant impact on how much power Trump will have for the rest of his presidency.

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He noted that some GOP members who faced blowback from constituents on some key agenda items opted to "vote no but hope that the bill passes".

Most polls have Hawley with a slight lead but not above the surveys' margin of error. As many as 81 per cent of evangelicals voted for Mr Trump in 2016.

"Even though I'm not on the ballot, in a certain way I am on the ballot", Trump said during a tele-town hall organized by his re-election campaign Monday to encourage Republicans to get out and vote.

"We need to keep building on the success we have with the economy". I mean, you're telling me something I don't know about. Trump declared in his typical style: "If she gets in, Georgia goes backwards".

As the issue gained traction in the midterms campaign, Republicans furiously sought to backpedal by releasing numerous ads that claim they do want protections for pre-existing conditions after all. "Who we are is on the ballot", he said.

The mid-terms will decide which party will control the two houses of Congress.

Abrams slammed Kemp as a "bald-faced liar" who abused his powers as the sitting secretary of state when he suggested over the weekend, without offering evidence, that the Georgia Democratic Party tampered with the state's online voter database.

"It could be bad for Republicans if he tries to do that", says Heye.

Some are closer than others.

"High turnout should be good for Democrats but Republicans are also coming out in big numbers", he said. "And that becomes the overriding goal".

They need to pick up two dozen seats to claim the House majority. Any political damage inflicted on Trump's re-election efforts will also affect GOP candidates in 2020.

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