Midterm elections 2018: Race rows mire campaign homestretch

Some 250,000 jobs were created last month beating expectations

Some 250,000 jobs were created last month beating expectations

They view Democrats eagerness to investigate the president as a blessing in disguise in the run-up to 2020.

Trump was on a hectic schedule of campaign appearances for Republican candidates Sunday, while former president Barack Obama made a last-ditch appeal for an endangered Senate Democrat in Indiana.

The Republican president - who has been holding barnstorming rallies nationwide, even though he is not up for re-election this year - was campaigning in three states on Monday.

There is no option C - and the people of America will make that decision. She lashed a sign to her front porch reading "VOTE FOR GUN CONTROL", and she is stunned every time she sees the crowd at Trump rallies on television cheering for his divisive language.

Trump's remarks came as he barnstormed the country delivering fiery speeches on behalf of Republican candidates - and more than a week after Democrats blamed his rhetoric on immigration for a mass shooting by an extremist who attacks a Pittsburgh synagogue, ostensibly because a Jewish organization was helping immigrants.

Two who have tried are Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat running for the US Senate in Texas, and Andrew Gillum, the Democratic candidate for Florida governor, both of whom regularly criticise the president's policies and tone.

Trump began last week to warn that a loss might be coming, suggesting it would not be a big problem: "My whole life, you know what I say?"

"Now, we are defending the borders of our country". Democrats lead among women, younger voters, and black voters.

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Sean Trende of RealClearPolitics also had some possible good news for the GOP, noting, "There really are believable scenarios that don't require Republicans to win districts that they have written off. Republicans have to catch some breaks, but they don't have to catch breaks in ways that shock and surprise us".

This insecure white tribe is Donald Trump's base; there's no confusion in his mind about his message or his target audience.

Republicans - and President Trump - would counter this be pointing out that they held the Senate or even gained seats (which is rare).

Despite their big 2016 campaign pledge, Trump and Republicans have so far failed to outright repeal Obamacare, although they have unraveled it little by little.

Other races to watch include Republican Pete Stauber's bid to flip a House Democratic stronghold in Minnesota, while Democrats in Florida and Georgia are aiming to become the states' first African American governors. The survey has a +/-2 percentage point margin of error.

Just as in 2016, Democrats are more outspoken about how they're going to vote in the upcoming elections than Republicans and unaffiliated voters are.

"If you want more caravans and you want more crime, vote Democrat".

Of the 35 seats up for election, 26 of them are held by senators who caucus with Democrats, leaving the minority party mostly playing defense.

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"That's an invasion. I don't care what they say", Trump said to cheers.

There are indications that a modest "blue wave" of support may help Democrats seize control of at least one chamber of Congress.

It's midterm election eve, and we're in a somewhat similar situation to where we were in 2016. The president also asserted the United States' independence from global courts and organizations, including the International Criminal Court and the Universal Postal Union. It hasn't happened in a lot of decades.

Paul Ryan wants to reel in late deciders, Trump wants to turn out his base. "We can't have that".

"Now we're living good", Lavery said, crediting their ability to find work and better wages to Trump, who inherited an economy that was already in one of its longest recoveries and gave it an additional boost with tax cuts.

A slim Republican majority in the House would also present challenges, likely inflaming simmering intraparty disputes. The US president's initial victory empowered ideological extremism across much of the Western world. In South Korea, the president cast communism as the definitive factor that created the stark difference between destitution in Pyongyang and prosperity in Seoul.

What's more, Trump's strategy of demonizing immigrants would have worked - again.

At home, the Trump administration is undoing the central tenets of socialism-high taxes and a sprawling regulatory state. But Trump is more popular than Harry Truman in 1946 and 1950, Reagan in 1982 - amazing, isn't it? - and Bush in 2006. Top congressional Democrats are throwing cold water on moving to impeachment quickly, but they say if there is evidence that emerges from the special counsel's probe of any wrongdoing, they don't rule out Judiciary Committee action.

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