US voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 6, to take part in midterm elections that will help define the remaining two years of President Donald Trump’s first term in office.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs in the midterms, as well as 35 seats in the Senate, and 39 governorships.
Trump’s Republican party currently has a majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, but failure to hold on to either could result in political deadlock for the US leader’s most ambitious policies. According to the latest opinion polls, the Democrats have a good shot at taking the lower house of Congress, but the Republicans are predicted to maintain control of the Senate.
Figures compiled by data analysis firm Catalist, puts the number of people voting before polling day in the 2018 midterms at more than 12 million people higher than 2014. In 2014, 19,052,732 people voted early in the midterms, in 2018, the number so far is 31,299,060. The number of young people voting early has more than doubled. The figure for people under 30 in 2014 was 1,027,499 and in 2018, the number so far is 2,314,126.
The key question in these elections is: will Republicans will be able to keep control of both chambers of Congress?
To take control of the legislative agenda and block Trump’s ability to implement his programs, the Democratic party needs to control both houses. With a Senate majority, the Democrats would be able to block cabinet and supreme court appointments. But while they may be able to take the House, clinching the Senate will be much harder.
Lifted by overwhelming support among women, Democrats enjoy a 13-point advantage on the question of which party should control Congress, according to a new CNN poll.
The national survey indicates that 55 percent of voters prefer Democratic control of the House while 42 percent said they wanted Republicans to stay in power.
While men are effectively divided on the question, women are backing Democrats in large numbers: 62 percent of women said Democrats should take over Congress while just 35 percent prefer Republicans to retain their majorities.
On the other hand Republicans would have to sweep virtually all of the 22 races currently rated as toss-ups to hold onto their House majority — a nearly insurmountable challenge — according to a new POLITICO analysis.
Democrats have pulled ahead in nearly enough races to claim a majority of the 435 seats up for grabs in the first national election of Donald Trump’s presidency, with POLITICO’s final race ratings showing 216 seats in the Democratic column — those are either solidly Democratic, likely Democratic or at least leaning Democratic.
Based on CNN, New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Al Jazeera , Politico