On the line: Trump, Democrats battle in campaign's final day

On the line: Trump, Democrats battle in campaign's final day

With opinion polls showing dozens of tight US congressional and gubernatorial races in Tuesday's election, the current and former presidents said the results would determine what kind of country Americans live in for the next two years.

But the battle for the 35 Senate seats is expected to favour the Republicans because numerous contests are in states Mr Trump won in 2016. Evangelical Christians are also a key constituency, seen to be happy with Mr Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence over their pro-life conservatism and the President's shifting of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

With President Trump's low approval ratings, Democrats are hopeful and are predicting a "blue wave" of support. Forecasting website FiveThirtyEight gave Democrats an 88 per cent chance to win the House, Republicans an 81 per cent chance to keep the Senate. "'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.

Americans are going to the polls to vote on all 435 seats in the House, 35 of the 100 Senate seats and dozens of state governors. "America faces a critical choice: whether to build on the extraordinary prosperity that Republican policies have delivered for our nation - or whether to allow Democrats to take control and take a giant wrecking ball to your economy and your future".

The actual results for the elections are set to be revealed gradually through the night but the wait for each one will vary. A list of AFR stations can be found here.

The Democratic incumbent in North Dakota, senator Heidi Heitkamp, is significantly trailing Republican challenger Kevin Cramer in the polls. "You see how they've behaved". But similar polls in the 2016 election had underrated Trump's appeal and there has been a strong female presence in his rallies, all sporting pink hats and signs supporting his "Make America Great Again" slogan. "Vote for the Democrat".

While the economy continues to thrive, Trump has spent much of the campaign's final days railing against a caravan of Latin American immigrants hoping to seek asylum at the US border.

Democratic Rep. Kirsten Sinema and Republican Rep. Martha McSally are battling to replace retiring Arizona Sen.

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The Vikings are now slated to have back-to-back Sunday night games. "That's a super tight schedule there for us", Nagy said. Chicago now leads the NFC North at 5-3, a half-game in front of Minnesota, which has a bye this week.

"This is a very important election", he added.

Voters on the other side were also galvanised by the Kavanaugh hearings a "smear campaign", in the opinion of Natalie Pig, a 31-year-old attorney in Missouri motivated to elect people to Congress sure to stand behind Mr. Trump. "And especially in the House where a simple majority gives you nearly absolute power to again set the agenda and get bills across the floor".

"They'll do anything and everything they can to impeach him", she said.

But with turnout a key unknown factor and pollsters still unsure about the effect of Trump's maverick style on voters, both parties admit that they may be in for nasty surprises.

While Mr Trump is prepared to claim victory if his party retains senate control, at least one prominent ally fears that losing even one chamber of congress could be disastrous. He said that enthusiasm was off the charts. "The character of our country is on the ballot", former president Barack Obama said on Twitter on Monday. "But I have never seen such an enthusiastic Republican Party".

Trump has warned Republican supporters his political agenda could be ruined by a Democrat win. They are also poised to make history with a number of LGBT candidates and Muslims up and down the ballot. He received similar applause when promoting the economy, unemployment numbers and judicial appointments. "Look, it's no fun to be in perpetual minority, I can tell you that", he says. The crowd responded with the chant, "Lock her up!"

In Cleveland, Trump bashed DeWine's Democratic opponent, Richard Cordray, whom he declared "a bad person" who "has hurt a lot of people".

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