What are the 2018 midterm elections and why do they matter?

What are the 2018 midterm elections and why do they matter?

Polls show Democrats on Tuesday should win the 23 seats they need to assume control of the House of Representatives and perhaps as many as 15 or 20 seats beyond that.

"My mother and grandmother didn't live to see the first African-American president, and they would have been proud", he said.

How it would happen: This appears the most likely scenario, if you're to believe the polls. That's unlikely, by all accounts, because the map is so friendly for the GOP. In neighboring Georgia, Trump warned, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will turn the state "into Venezuela".

In the week leading up to Tuesday's elections, Trump said he was optimistic about the outcome for the Republican Party, while at the same time using fear tactics to try to gain more support for his party.

"Arizona is seeing a historic midterm election turnout and Democratic voters are defying past historic early voting trends", said Mike Noble, chief pollster of Phoenix-based research company OH Predictive Insights (OHPI). Of the states with earlier closures, Florida, Pennsylvania and NY have a number of House seats which Democrats consider winnable.

Democratic candidates pledge they will take up legislation to increase the minimum wage, expand child care availability and control prescription drug costs.

Pelosi told HuffPost that she does not want to impeach President Donald Trump - though other leaders, including her deputy, suggested that Trump should be impeached for "treason" after he held a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this year.

As recently as last week, when Trump was accused of sowing division with his response to the synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh and harsh rhetoric on migrants travelling to the United States border from Central America, voters heard little about that from Democrats running for Congress. And according to Bannon, Trump is prepared to counterpunch the day after Election Day if there's a blue wave.

That would leave Democrats just short of a majority, with Democrats at 217 seats, and Republicans at 218 seats, the closest result in USA electoral history in the House if it happened.

Republicans want to expand their 51-49 Senate majority, their battle runs mostly through states that Trump won in 2016.

That environment still might not be good enough to deliver the Senate, though.

The party of a first-term president tends to lose congressional seats in his first midterm. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, in North Dakota.

It is more important for investors to maintain and follow their longer-term investment plan, and await signs of action in Congress, they said.

Iran has no fear over new United States sanctions: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Despite these efforts, Allen said any potential Iran oil sanction waivers would likely only be temporary. But we are prepared to work with countries that are reducing their imports on a case-by-case basis.

One student gushed to Sinema, "I've heard your ads on Spotify". Bloomberg photo by Aaron P. Bernstein. If the committee approves any articles, the full House would vote on impeachment and then refer the matter to the Senate for a trial.

In all of this, there are some highly unusual elements that have made for a riveting campaign season. "The Republicans have really prioritised filling not just the Supreme Court but also other important lifetime federal judicial appointments".

"In addition, the geographic distribution of the House implies that Democrats will need to win the popular vote by 5- 6pp to win a majority in the chamber".

He's undecided going into Election Day. And it wouldn't be wrong.

Why are the House odds so daunting for Republicans this year? FiveThirtyEight has them at a 1-in-8 shot. But now, they're anxious Trump's obsession with all things immigration went overboard and will exacerbate their losses in the chamber. And if those toss-up races tilted Republican in the House, you'd think they'd also tilt Republican in the Senate, where the terrain is even redder. Democrats are fighting to make gains in Arizona, Nevada and Tennessee.

Most dramatically, a right-wing group called the "Republican Assembly" has urged conservatives to leave Baker's bubble blank on the November ballot, and just skip to the next race.

"I appreciate our farmers' patience during negotiations and I am confident that everyone will be better off soon", he told The Gazette, an Iowa newspaper, last month.

- A lawsuit over the Trump administration's efforts to add a new citizenship question to the U.S. Census goes to trial on Monday and could have profound consequences.

"There is a contest of ideas going on right now, about who we are and what kind of country we are going to be". Maybe the GOP narrowly holds the House, but Democrats keep the Senate close.

"These rallies are the best thing we've done".

What it would mean: The same as above - chaos - except less specifically partisan. It all comes down to whether, in the Trump era, Democrats should nominate heterosexual white men with more moderate views - who theoretically could more easily appeal to Republican-leaning moderates and independents.

Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX.

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