Day of reckoning approaches in first midterm elections of Trump presidency

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If Democrats are to do well, turnout will be key and they will need to mobilise their base in the same way Mr Trump rallied support two years ago.

Unusually steep totals for Republicans, Democrats and Independents have surged this year, all propelled by voting for or against President Trump and his policies.

Meantime, he also was asked how he will respond if Democrats win the House.

"In a certain way, I am on the ballot", Trump said during Monday's conference call, urging supporters to get out to vote.

"Using the Dow Industrials as a benchmark index because it predates the SP500, we can see that the Dow averages a +12.91% gain in the 12-months following a midterm election, generating a positive return 23 out of 27 times", Nautilus said.

Should the Democrats gain control of one or both houses of Congress, Republicans worry that President Trump's political agenda will be blocked over the next two years.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other GOP leaders have also been blaming Social Security and Medicare as sources of the ballooning deficit, suggesting cuts and other reforms could be coming if they hold control.

But with turnout a key unknown factor and pollsters still unsure about the effect of Trump's maverick style on voters, both parties admit that they may be in for nasty surprises.

Readers can refresh their browser throughout the night to pore over a main election night story that will be updated as results are announced and posted.

On Twitter, he said the vote "might be the most important of our lifetimes". The rally is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET. A list of AFR stations can be found here.

With opinion polls showing dozens of tight USA congressional and gubernatorial races in Tuesday's election, the current and former presidents said the results would determine what kind of country Americans live in for the next two years. "They worked very hard to avoid what was widely viewed as the mistake of 2016, which was to be seen as too anti-Trump".

Waters, who is black, doesn't have a leadership position like Schumer or Pelosi, but is nearly always mentioned in the same breath as them at Trump's rallies. "Vote for the Democrat". "I don't think so", Trump said, invoking images of the caravan of Central American migrants moving through Mexico.

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Michael Walz, a former Green Beret commander who served in Afghanistan with Greek roots, is running against Democrat Nancy Soderberg, a former Ambassador to the United Nations during Bill Clinton's administration, for Florida's 6th Congressional District in what has been described as a "toss-up" race. They can do whatever they want and I can do whatever I want'. If Republicans keep their majority, McCarthy could be the next speaker of the House. "I would like to have a much softer tone", he said.

Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate. He said that enthusiasm was off the charts.

"I look forward to seeing what happens, because something is going on", the president said in Cleveland.

Republicans have privately encouraged the president to back off, to no avail. "I've never been so disappointed in my life". Trump, the GOP's chief messenger, warned that significant Democratic victories would trigger devastating consequences.

Editor's note: Men like Trump is a series of dispatches that tell of how a reckless president is steering the White House, and the manner in which his actions are fundamentally altering the office he holds. He received similar applause when promoting the economy, unemployment numbers and judicial appointments. "I can tell you, the early voting has been really good". Acknowledging the stakes in the closing days of campaigning, Trump stressed that everything is on the line. In the final stretch Trump has brought out special guests to join him on the campaign trail. In recent weeks, he returned to familiar ground, addressing crowds of cheering supporters.

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