Publicado: Mier, Noviembre 07, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Angry U.S. voters head to midterm polls in referendum on Trump

Angry U.S. voters head to midterm polls in referendum on Trump

The 2018 midterm-election results, no matter the outcome, could end up being known as the vote of the "ticked off".

This year the two groups combined have turned out 38 percent of the vote, far lower than the overall county average.

He said the nation will find out whether the huge early voting has been "made up of people just so ticked off that Trump won, ticked off that they haven't been able to get rid of Trump, ticked off that we have not officially sanctioned ourselves as socialists". The message to many is simple: Vote like the election is up to you, because it is.

Americans are voting in nationwide elections that are being seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency.

A number of prominent anti-Trump Democrats also would be poised to assume control of key committees if Republicans lose control of the House.

Voters line up in Las Vegas.

The elections on 6 November to the 435-member Congress and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will decide if the Republican party, which Trump represents, continues to control legislation in both Houses or whether it will go into the hands of the Democrats.

The Democrats need to take 23 seats from the Republicans to win control of the House, and if the polls are any guide, they should succeed.

More good news for the GOP: "Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans say they always vote in midterm elections, as do 71% of Democrats and 63% of voters not affiliated with either major political party".

If Democrats win enough House seats to reclaim the majority, Trump would face a shift in the balance of power in Washington. Trump, the GOP's chief messenger, warned that significant Democratic victories would trigger devastating consequences.

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In the last such congressional elections in 2014, there were 27.5 million early votes. "I'm not saying we know for sure it's going to be a repeat, but a lot of the polls heading into the final weekend of 2016 suggested it was neck-and-neck as it is now in a lot of these Senate battles, it was in the presidential race; and then the president was doing those rallies, he had real momentum and that's what really propelled him in states like Wisconsin, Florida... that late surge that a lot of the pollsters missed". A driving force, on both sides, is rage: rage toward the president; rage the president has tried to foment against migrants, the news media and Democrats, among others.

"The survival of the country is going to depend on this election", he said as another man stopped for a moment to argue.

"In a certain way I am on the ballot", Trump told supporters during a tele-town hall organised by his re-election campaign. "I just love the deregulation and I just want to keep everything moving, because I'm loving it".

Trump is also hammering away at the anxieties of women voters. It is now made up of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats.

They will need to defend the president against a swift shift by the Democrats to investigate many corners of the administration.

With a characteristic mix of folksiness, bombast and sometimes cruel humor, he says voters must choose between his stewardship of a booming economy and what he claims would be the Democrats' extreme-left policies.

"This is our source of strength", O'Rourke said as he cast his ballot in El Paso. Individual races "will be close", she said, but because of the "quality of our candidates" and emphasis on preserving health care, "I feel confident we will win". Let's see what happens, ' Trump said.

Trump will be holding his final three get-out-the-vote rallies Monday in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri - a day after stops in Tennessee and Georgia, where the president's closing argument to voters was on stark display as he sought to motivate complacent Republicans to the polls by stoking fears about the prospects of Democratic control.

The Democrat is bidding to become the country's first African-American woman to win a governorship, and her race in Georgia could go to a runoff. Democrat and former speaker Nancy Pelosi serves as House minority leader. A conspiracy theory has also been put out that Jewish billionaire George Soros, a philanthropist and Democrat supporter, has facilitated the caravan to arrive in the United States and this theory has not only Trump's stamp of approval, but also widespread acceptance.

FILE - President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd at a rally in Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 4, 2018.

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