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USA midterms battleground states: These are the election races to watch

Jeff Roberson  APPresident Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro Ill. Oct. 27 2018 Jeff Roberson APPresident Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro Ill. Oct. 27 2018
Nellie Chapman | 06 November, 2018, 19:43

A sharply divided US electorate heads to the polls Tuesday to elect a new Congress and to render a midterm verdict on President Donald Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump rallies with supporters at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Georgia, U.S. November 4, 2018.

The comments came as Trump prepared for a final, three-state rally blitz as he tries to keep Congress in Republican control and stave off losses that could profoundly change his presidency.

There are indications that a so-called "blue wave" may help Democrats seize control of at least one chamber of United States congress.

Congressman Tom MacArthur of southern New Jersey, for example, is one of 67 vulnerable Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives who have voted to repeal Obamacare, according to Reuters.

Neil Sroka, the communications director for Democracy for America, a progressive political action committee, said: "In the era of Donald Trump, it's nearly impossible for anything not to be about Trump: people want a check on this administration".

The latest polls suggest only a limited wave forming in select states, with Republicans picking up enough U.S. Senate seats to prevent a Democratic blowout. "America faces a critical choice: whether to build on the extraordinary prosperity that Republican policies have delivered for our nation - or whether to allow Democrats to take control and take a giant wrecking ball to your economy and your future". The ad also shows crowds of migrants pushing through a gated barrier, equating them with murderers.

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.

Ms. Jawed, who works for a nonprofit aimed at cultivating interfaith cooperation among Jewish, Muslim and Christian groups, said this election offers an opportunity to turn back that tide. A list of AFR stations can be found here.

Final opinion polls suggested the Democrats were on course to re-take control of the House of Representatives while the Republicans would hold on to the Senate, where they now have a slim 51-49 majority. "You're going to see the largest gender gap we've ever seen". "Vote for the Democrat".

The US president has framed migrant caravans approaching through Central America as an existential crisis for country, calling it an "invasion" and dispatching more than 5,000 soldiers to the border.

Democratic Rep. Kirsten Sinema and Republican Rep. Martha McSally are battling to replace retiring Arizona Sen.

Why are these elections so important? "I would like to have a much softer tone", he said. His current approval rating among Republican voters has reportedly touched a whopping 89 percent.

But as he touched down in IN for the second leg of his final-day tour, even Trump conceded that the House may slip from his party's grasp.

"They'll do anything and everything they can to impeach him", she said.

Elizabeth Warren look to launch their campaigns to unseat President Trump. He said that enthusiasm was off the charts.

But as he touched down in IN on Monday, even Trump conceded that the House may slip from his party's grasp.

The Republican president is the omnipresent figure as Americans render their verdict Tuesday on the past 21 months of Trumpism. "I've never been so disappointed in my life".

When he spoke to Four Corners in September, Trump's former top political adviser Steve Bannon warned there would be "civil war" in the party.

Gallup pollster Frank Newport said that puts pressure on Democrats to make sure their supporters get out and vote. He received similar applause when promoting the economy, unemployment numbers and judicial appointments. "I can tell you, the early voting has been really good".

Trump blasted Democrats over immigration during a recent rally in Chattanooga. In the final stretch Trump has brought out special guests to join him on the campaign trail.