March 25, 2019

Americans Prepare to Render Midterm Verdict on Trump

06 November 2018, 12:00 | Randall Craig



Mr Trump's fiery, invective-filled campaigning produced what may be the most polarised midterm contest in modern times as he played to tribal rifts in American society in a way that no president has done since before the civil rights era. And both of those things are significantly more important than the tone of Donald Trump's 240-characters-at-a-time thoughts. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going.

The then 47-year-old Democrat, who became the 44th USA president, garnered 365 electoral votes and almost 53 per cent of the popular vote, while his 72-year-old Republican challenger captured 173 electoral votes, more than 45 per cent of the popular vote.

The entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate are up for grabs.

"Polls are suggesting that the Democrats are on course to win back the House, while Republicans are on course to hold the Senate".

Mr Trump was making his closing argument to voters in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.

Former President Barack Obama has been campaigning with Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams. "It's not good for us", he said about (illegal) immigrants.

The party of a first-term president tends to lose congressional seats in his first midterm. The average loss in the years since World War II is 24 seats.

"No, he will have lost the House", Wallace said.

"I don't feel despair", she said.

Anxious Republicans privately expressed confidence in their narrow Senate majority but feared the House was slipping away. And the level of interest in this midterm election is extraordinarily high, with 85 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans polled saying they are very interested in this election.

Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to suppress turnout among racial minorities in states like Georgia, where Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is overseeing his own election.

"It all depends on turnout", he said. But I always voted, and you should too.

Trump would be faced with the choice of moderating and working with Democrats or being a lame-duck president starting in January 2019 when a new Democratic Congress is sworn in - as talk ramps up about Democratic 2020 challengers. Since October the GOP has gained 2 percentage points among likely voters.

Van Jones is the host of the "The Van Jones Show" and a CNN political commentator.

Republicans point to the strength of the economy as their chief selling point.

"All across the country, what I'm seeing is a great awakening", he said. Trump would say, quite reasonably, that the state of the economy is already priced in.

The president has kept up a record-setting pace of campaigning in this election cycle, holding 30 rallies since Labor Day and 53 events since taking office.

The state Supreme Court in January threw out the congressional district map Republicans drew in 2011, ruling in a gerrymandering case that it was unconstitutionally drawn to give Republicans an advantage.

"Everything we have created and achieved is at stake on election day", Trump told a cheering crowd in Cleveland, as he kicked off his furious last round of campaigning.

The election near the halfway mark of a president's first term is traditionally a referendum on the White House occupant. "In a sense, I am on the ticket".

But Republicans who have been down this road before offer words of caution - be careful what you wish for.

"These midterms are incredibly significant because Donald Trump is the most polarising president in the U.S. and these midterms will decide whether or not there is a check to the Trump presidency, or whether Trump will proclaim himself vindicated and proceed unchecked for two years", says Professor Allan Lichtman from the American University in Washington DC.

"We're not letting these people invade our country", Trump declared. "Tomorrow with your votes, you can stop the radical resistance in its tracks".

EXPECT BIOTECH TO FALL If Democrats take control of the House and Republicans continue to have an edge in the Senate, UBS Wealth Management analysts say that among the areas where the president and Congress could find common ground are drug price controls and infrastructure spending; the former could pressure large pharma and even biotech stocks lower, or limit their gains, while the latter could boost those in engineering, construction and building materials.

"The biggest worry for the White House in terms of re-election is making sure they have a Republican governor in Florida and OH because it just makes organizing those states all the easier", he said.

But Democrats are willing to wrestle with the political pressures and perils of impeachment because they know it's a problem they'll only encounter if they win the majority again.

Other News

Trending Now

Leicester pay respect at Thai owner’s funeral
The Leicester manager spoke of his pride on Saturday (local time) and said his players had grown as people over the past week. Their manager Claude Puel had said during the week that the result in Cardiff would not be important.

Arsenal now closer to Premier League's best - Emery
Xhaka's emergence under Emery has earned the Swiss worldwide lots of praise this season and suggested the 26-year-old can be a success at Arsenal.

Indian capital under cloud of smog as pollution level jumps
Of the total vehicular pollution, 40 per cent to 45 percent comes from two-wheelers and another 30 to 35 percent from four-wheelers.

Amazon to Offer Free Shipping With No Minimum Purchase This Holiday Season
See the details about Amazon Prime and get a 30-Day free trial (just in time for Black Friday deals ) at HERE . It may be because Amazon felt the need to compete with big box stores who are also offered free shipping promotions.

Turkey Officials Say Saudi Investigators Scrubbed Evidence Of Khashoggi Killing
There has been widespread speculation about the events leading to the death of Khashoggi, most of which has since been retracted. The two "wipers" went to the consulate every day from Oct. 12 to Oct. 17, leaving Turkey on Oct. 20, the newspaper said.

Late Marcus Rashford goal gives Manchester United win at Bournemouth
The first half, I think we learned from that and we showed that in the second half and on Wednesday you will see a difference".

Amazon may split new headquarters between two cities
The Washington Post reported that Amazon was looking at real estate in Crystal City for its second headquarters . Back in January, Pittsburgh was named one of the 20 potential cities being considered for HQ2.

How Arsenal could line up against Liverpool
The veteran midfielder was all over the pitch for Liverpool and scored the Reds only goal during the game. What also makes me think they will go unbeaten is the strength they have in depth.

Floyd Mayweather's first fight in MMA federation officially announced
I think when it comes to experience, I have more experience on my side but when it comes to youth, youth is on his side. Mayweather was complimentary of Nasukawa . "I want to continue to build my relationship with Money Team Tokyo".

Dead In Building Collapse At Amazon's Warehouse Collapse In Baltimore
Two people are dead following a wall collapse at a Maryland Amazon distribution warehouse , which was caused by an intense storm. One of the two men was found under debris and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.