Trump Heads to Georgia, Tennessee In Support of Guv, Senate Candidates

A third of all 100 Senate seats, each lasting six years, is contested every two years.

Trump's aggressive travel schedule over the next several days is aimed at boosting GOP Senate candidates as the party tries to expand its Senate majority, rather than working to defend embattled Republicans in the House, where the party's control appears in doubt.

But if you don't trust the polls (and after Trump's upset victory in 2016, a lot of Americans don't), you can turn to a number of other indicators that lean heavily in favour of the Democrats.

In Florida, Andrew Gillum, the Democrat facing Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis in the governor's race, returned to the campaign trail after a break following a deadly shooting at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, where he is mayor.

Christopher Galdieri, an assistant professor at Saint Anselm College, said Democrats "have been fired up about 2018 since shortly after the 2016 election".

Political passions have risen to a rare peak, with early voting in some states already running far ahead of normal levels.

But a win is not necessarily in the bag, he cautioned.

"It could happen", Trump said Friday about losing the House.

McDaniel said voters should choose Republicans based on the strength of the economy. Democrats and Republicans blasted the video as "racist".

Democrats lead the early voting with 41 percent of the total turnout statewide to 38 percent for Republicans. And while that race featured unusual circumstances - the Republican, Roy Moore, faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct - the Democrats repeated those gains in less controversial races. In many US states, the parties that control state legislatures get to draw the new electoral boundaries after each census of the population. The outcome of the 2018 midterms will determine if the Republican Party can maintain control of both chambers of Congress.

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Republicans control the White House and both houses of Congress, but political analysts are predicting the opposition Democrats are poised to take control of the House, while Republicans are likely to retain their narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, perhaps even adding a seat or two. If Democrats win the House, Trump will have a ready-made foil for his 2020 re-election campaign, even if his Democratic opponent is not such a lightning rod. This has particularly been an issue in Georgia, where Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, is running against Democrat Stacey Abrams, the first black woman in USA history to secure a major party nomination for governor. It's one thing to campaign against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., by warning that she could become speaker; it's another to do so if she is speaker. In October alone, the Washington Post's Fact Checker staff found he said over 1,000 false or misleading statements; CNN calculated he uttered 81 false statements at a rally this week alone.

State GOP Chairman Kelly Arnold said that if Republicans manage another sweep this year, "We have basically eliminated the Democrat bench". He has ratcheted up his rhetoric this week about two Central American migrant caravans approaching the U.S. -Mexico border this week, saying they contain unsafe criminals - his campaign issued an ad depicted some migrants as cop-killers.

Last December, Trump signed into law the largest tax overhaul since the 1980s, which slashed the corporate rate to 21 percent from 35 percent and temporarily reduced the tax burden for most individuals as well.

The past week has seen Trump make a number of stops in several USA states including Missouri. "We have to have a border if we are going to have a great country".

Manchin mentioned Donald Trump once, when he said the president has come to West Virginia eight times to campaign for Morrisey. "We need to get him back", Booker said. "I'm really speaking more to the television cameras than to you because I don't think we have too many Donnelly voters". We've seen a surge in first-time candidates, especially women and minorities.

Many gathered on this Thursday night don't condone everything Trump says or does, but are willing to look the other way because they are convinced he is putting the country back on the right course.

  • Zachary Reyes