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Joe Donnelly in the Hoosier State. The bill is still being drafted, but Democrats are expecting it to introduce it early in the new Congress.

Republicans have controlled the House since the conservative Tea Party movement propelled the GOP to a wave election in November 2010. It sounds like a tall task, but even the president admits history is on the side of the Democrats.

In Westerville, Ohio, Judy Jenkins cast her vote at a suburban church, and said she supports Trump's decision to send military troops to the U.S. -Mexico border to intercept the caravan - a move critics say is unnecessary and a political stunt, given the migrants are traveling mostly on foot and remain hundreds of miles away. The Democrats were so beleaguered that they cross-endorsed Liberal Republican nominee Horace Greeley in 1872 instead of fielding their own candidate.

Stirring fear of foreigners and trumpeting American nationalism worked for Trump in his 2016 election victory against the Democrats' establishment candidate Hillary Clinton.

But it is a measure of the country's volatile political climate and the lessons of Trump's logic-defying win in 2016 that no one can say for sure how Tuesday night will unfold.

Viewed through that rather unnerving prism, these elections ~ meant to address the legislative dichotomy ~ are more important than any in recent memory.

Americans are heading to the polls for a pivotal midterm election seen as a referendum on the first two years of the volatile presidency of Donald Trump.

He bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

The president's current job approval, set at 40 percent by Gallup, was the lowest at this point of any first-term president in the modern era.

Republicans are defending 41 open or vacant House seats on Tuesday, compared with 22 defended by Democrats.

The opposition Democrats are hoping to retake control of the House of Representatives, while Republicans seek to tighten their grip on the Senate. News organizations use them to help call the results of races. We'll find out tomorrow who voters really credit for the boom.

The case ended up with a hung jury and a mistrial and the charges were dropped.




In south Florida, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala defeated Republican Maria Elvira Salazar. It appears to have been an effective strategy in places like in and Tennessee, an open Republican-held seat where Republican Marsha Blackburn staved off what could have been a serious challenge by former Governor Bredesen.

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.

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate and 36 of the 50 state governorships were up for grabs.

Democrats Andrew Cuomo in NY and Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania easily won re-election, as did two Republicans in Democratic-leaning states - Larry Hogan in Maryland and Charlie Baker in MA.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high. Perhaps more important, they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.

Trump bucked tradition as a candidate by not releasing his tax returns.

The first major legislative effort will be an ethics reform package that is expected to incorporate proposals for campaign finance reform, voting rights and ethics and accountability.

"I think we're going to do well in the House", Trump told reporters on Sunday. Democrats are relying more upon women, people of color, young people and college graduates. Bob Menendez, the incumbent, is a Democrat and a politician for the last 44 years. Tuesday's results will be colored by the dramatically different landscapes in the fight for the House and Senate.

A Florida man and ardent Trump supporter was charged recently with sending homemade bombs to more than a dozen senior Democrats and other high profile opponents of the president. All three states will figure prominently in the presidential map in two years.

The comments marked the starkest indication that Trump has grown less optimistic about the GOP's chances of retaining control of the House, where Republicans face greater headwinds than in the Senate.

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

Democrats boast record diversity on the ballot.


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