Published: Wed, October 31, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

DECISION 2018: Early Voting Shows Republicans Out Voting Democrats

DECISION 2018: Early Voting Shows Republicans Out Voting Democrats

In addition, Trump attempted to cast the midterms as "the election of caravans, Kavanaugh, law and order and common sense" during a rally last week, a reference to a caravan of Honduran immigrants heading toward the USA border seeking asylum and Democratic opposition to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whom Trump successfully nominated.

The 2018 midterms are largely expected to serve as a rebuke on Trump's presidency, as pollsters predict a "Blue Wave" that will flip Republican-held congressional seats to Democratic control.

Over the last 50 years, the Democrats have only scored a net gain of that size twice, once in 1974 and in 2006.

Vice President Mike Pence said during a campaign stop in Michigan that the first midterm election is typically hard for the party holding the White House and that "conventional wisdom" would suggest tough times for the Michigan GOP.

Trump's campaign says he will rally supporters Thursday in Columbia to vote for McCaskill's Republican rival, state Attorney General Josh Hawley.

Doug Rivers, chief scientist at YouGov global polling, said: "The chances of the Democrats winning all of those seem to me pretty slim".

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"There's a rather good opportunity in Tennessee, Nevada and Arizona and then the long shot, which would be catastrophe for the Republicans, would be Texas". "But the reality is that many voters in this country hold Donald Trump responsible for the divisive rhetoric these days".

What will Democrats win in Senate and House mean for Trump?

"It's a tough environment" for Republicans, said incoming House Speaker Elijah Haahr, R-Springfield, who suggested voters in suburban St. Louis and Kansas City - and perhaps around Columbia and Springfield - might want to punish Trump's party.

There is also a danger the president could face impeachment proceedings if Democrats take a majority in Congress.

Given that the two chambers are going to be crucial in fulfilling his political agenda as he goes for re-election in 2020, Trump for the past several weeks has been campaigning several days a week in support of the Republican party. Both the developments have given the opposition Democrats an edge over the Republican.

Some of these seats are in key swing states such as Florida and Pennsylvania.

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