Over the next two years, there will be plenty of opportunities for Washington to trigger new periods of volatility over the debt ceiling, investigations into Trump and possible impeachment hearings.
The governor's mansion also is up for grabs and two key open House seats now held by Democrats are considered toss-ups. Real Clear Politics, a USA political website, projects the Democrats as winning an additional 26 seats, while one pollster, Nate Silver, is predicting a 38-seat pickup. The race has been tighter in recent weeks, with Democrats making gains even in areas that tend to lean conservative, the non-partisan Cook Political Report found.
Democrats have more than 900,000 additional registered voters than Republicans in New Jersey, and Trump's low ratings in the Garden State could give Menendez a boost. It's also believed that Robert Mueller will announce his findings on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Should Democrats manage to retake the House, he and his White House allies will simply focus on Republicans' hold on the Senate, Politico reported Friday. The Republicans have 51 Senate seats, while Democrats have 49.
Christopher Galdieri, an assistant professor at Saint Anselm College, said Democrats "have been fired up about 2018 since shortly after the 2016 election".
But a win is not necessarily in the bag, he cautioned.
"A Republican Congress means more jobs and less crime", he said. In 1996, 1988, 1980, 1972, 1968 and 1956, one party controlled all of Congress, but voters picked the other party for the White House. "Democrats let him stay".
Their two best shots of flipping Republican seats are in Arizona - where Kyrsten Sinema is narrowly ahead of Republican Martha McSally - and Nevada, where Jacky Rosen is neck-and-neck in the polls with Republican incumbent Dean Heller.
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The widows of the two police officers murdered by the Mexican migrant Bracamontes were invited to Mr Trump's 2017 address to Congress. "It could happen", he said, adding, "don't worry about it". Because both scenarios are unexpected, they would lead to large reactions from the market.
For Democrats, the midterm elections have been a beacon in the dark, a chance to re-emerge from the political wilderness and repudiate a president they view as a unsafe force. In the 1938 elections the Democrats at the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt took a beating, losing 71 seats, according to political publication PolitiFact.
But if you are looking at this purely from the vantage point of Trump's self-interest - particularly as it relates to winning re-election in 2020 - there is a compelling case to be made that a Democratic House might be a good thing for the president. Jeff Flake, a sharp critic of Trump, opted to retire, acknowledging that he could not win a GOP primary in the current political climate. The share of Democrats saying immigration is a top issue has dropped from 23 percent to 11 percent.
Trump on Saturday continued his effort to use cultural divides to prod the GOP base to go to the polls.
Braun said, "Let's retire Joe Donnelly".
That's why Sunday's rally in Gary, a city that has more in common with the Democratic stronghold of nearby Chicago than deep red parts of the state, could prove strategic.
Both Trump and former President Barack Obama were on the campaign trail Friday, stumping for candidates four days before voters are scheduled to head to the polls.
Friday, only a hundred military personnel had arrived in the town of McAllen (Texas), one of the main crossing points between the United States and Mexico, according to this spokesperson. And Trump has moved to strip Temporary Protected Status, TPS, from about 300,000 immigrants from seven different countries. The Democrats have blasted Trump's stance on illegal immigration, and many voters on the progressive left disapprove of Trump's stance. He pointed out that the american army had not received any formal request for the preparation of tents for the migrants, a project mentioned by Mr. Trump in his election speeches. "We've had close to 1,000 people almost every day". Trump also threw his support behind U.S. House of Representatives 3rd District candidate Carol Miller and even endorsed Tim Armstead for the West Virginia Supreme Court at the behest of Gov. Jim Justice.