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Trump to watch midterm election returns with family, friends at White House

06 Novembre 2018

Tuesday's vote followed Trump's tumultuous first two years in the White House, during which he cracked down on immigration, introduced massive tax cuts and employed increasingly polarising rhetoric.

Trump's even-keeled talk comes despite a feverish campaign schedule and a second trip to IN in just four days IN an all-out effort to take down Democratic Sen.

The party of a first-term president tends to lose congressional seats in his first midterm.

"If they take back the house, he essentially will become a lame-duck president, and he won't win re-election", said Amy Kremer, a Tea Party activist who leads the group, Women For Trump. "'Don't worry about it, I'll just figure it out.'" Bracing for defeat, he said on a conference call with supporters Monday that he wasn't sure the election could fairly be considered a referendum on him.

FILE - A woman arrives at a polling station in Lark Community Center as early voting for midterm elections started, in McAllen, Texas, Oct. 22, 2018.

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".

"America is at a crossroads", says his predecessor.

The actual results for the elections are set to be revealed gradually through the night but the wait for each one will vary. The rally is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Tuesday's elections are the first major ones to take place in the U.S. since Russian Federation targeted state election systems during the 2016 presidential race and ran disinformation campaigns with divisive content on Facebook and Twitter. "You see how they've behaved". Trump declared in his typical style: "If she gets in, Georgia goes backwards". "Vote for the Democrat".

Claiming that the country literally faces an "invasion" of migrants, Trump has sent thousands of soldiers to the Mexican border, suggested that illegal immigrants who throw stones should be shot, and made wild claims about the Democrats planning turn the country into a crime-and-drugs black hole.

Although it's not a high-drama presidential election year, Mr. Trump is acknowledging more and more in the final days of this campaign that his agenda is hanging in the balance.

"This is a very important election", he added. "When you vote, Illinois, you can choose hope over fear", he said.

Recognizing that the concern about pre-existing conditions has galvanized voters regardless of party, Republicans have seized on it in the campaign's closing month, insisting that their plans would enshrine such protections.

Speaking to reporters as he left the White House en route to his rallies, Trump seemed to dampen expectations for his party in the House.

Mr Obama said America's character and commitment to decency were on the ballot.

Polls open later in what is proving to be one of the most divisive USA midterm elections for decades.

"I'm not pleased with Trump's leadership at all".

The nationwide vote on Tuesday is being seen as a referendum on his presidency. "I've never been so disappointed in my life".

Trump has warned Republican supporters his political agenda could be ruined by a Democrat win. Almost one in 10 say they never had faith in democracy in the first place, and 37 percent report they once had faith but have now lost it. He received similar applause when promoting the economy, unemployment numbers and judicial appointments.

He has been working hard to get out the vote among his support base, but rather than focusing on the strong USA economy, he has decided to make immigration his central campaign message.

During a barnstorm flurry of rallies in Ohio, Missouri and in, he continued to whip up anti-immigration sentiment among his supporters, warning that Democrats would usher in an era of open borders and widespread crime. In the final stretch Trump has brought out special guests to join him on the campaign trail. In recent weeks, he returned to familiar ground, addressing crowds of cheering supporters. "Americans will either want to put a check on Mr Trump or they won't", tweeted Dr Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Centre for Politics.

Between Trump's "trade war", his renegotiation of global treaties, robust U.S. growth and full employment, the economy is at the heart of this election.

Trump to watch midterm election returns with family, friends at White House