U.S. midterm elections explained in simple terms to baffled non-Americans

U.S. midterm elections explained in simple terms to baffled non-Americans

Kerry Wise
November 7, 2018

However, the Democrats are expected to fall short of the two seats they need to win control of the Senate.

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The former president campaigned in recent days in Florida, Georgia, Indiana and IL for a slate of Democrats running in key Senate and gubernatorial races. Twenty-nine more seats, all held by Republicans - all toss-ups.

Yet with several races very close, there is potential for a nail-biting denouement. Along with these, a host of local posts are also up for elections in various states.

Americans on Tuesday vote in a four-yearly "midterm election".

How women and independent voters cast their ballots was likely to determine the outcome.

Democrats need to pick up two dozen seats to claim the House majority. "Just even the fact of it being so much, is it simply a matter that early votes have expanded?"

Former Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor says that's what Republicans can expect if they fail to maintain their majority.

Here comes the first big wave of races - nearly 30 competitive House races, five competitive Senate races and seven big ones for governor.

- Minimum wage increases are on the ballot in two states.

But mid-morning he tweeted to knock down what he said were rumors that Republican Senate candidate Josh Hawley left the arena in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where Trump held a rally to support him. Bill Nelson in his tough re-election race against outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

New Jersey and Pennsylvania are important pieces of the puzzle for Democrats in their hopes of taking back the House.

OneNewsNow is working alongside its sister organization, American Family Radio, to provide live election night coverage from Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, and Fred Jackson, news director of American Family News, as well as other familiar AFA voices. But Democrats also have a surprising chance in the open contest in conservative Oklahoma.

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Just one state closes this half hour. "This is not what we expected the final weeks of the election to focus on".

Americans headed to polls in droves on Tuesday to vote for what kind of country and future and leadership they want, as much as casting their ballot on hot button issues such as health care, national debt, and immigration. This came down to a marginal polling error in a handful of states that are key to winning the electoral college - Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Trump, the GOP's chief messenger, warned that significant Democratic victories would trigger devastating consequences.

But Wall Street strategists aren't anxious about a sell-off if the House flips blue this time around, as the change in Congress could help offset any damage caused by the trade war.

Other tight Senate races are in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee and West Virginia. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is a slight favorite in a state Trump won by 20 points. On the Democrat side, Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke is saying he would push to impeach the president if elected.

If ever there was an off-year election for younger voters to break tradition, this is it.

In Georgia, GOP Rep. Karen Handel's race moved to "Toss Up" from "Lean Republican".

The incumbent Democratic Senator Jon Tester is in a battle for survival against his Republican opponent Matt Rosendale. "I want a free trade environment where we actually cannot only have good relationships tradewise with our friends but stand up to China", Scalise said.

This will likely be the earliest that the House will be called. Majority are in Southern California, around Orange County.

"That's an invasion. I don't care what they say", Trump said to cheers.

Trump's approval rating is also a concern for Republicans.

Of the 35 seats up for grabs, 26 are held by Democrats and nine by Republicans. Ahead of the vote, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi confidently predicted last week that Democrats would indeed win back the House. It's worth watching to see if a Democratic wave could even reach Alaska.

And that would be more in line with the Dow has performed, on average, in the year following a midterm election. This, though, is Republicans' best chance to flip a gubernatorial seat with Mike Dunleavy.