US midterm results and maps 2018: What time will we know today’s US midterm election outcome?

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Today’s midterm elections will mark two years since Donald Trump was elected President, and its results will be a barometer of how the people of the US think he is faring. In recent weeks birthright citizenship, the migrant caravan and the mail bomber have overshadowed debates and may spell trouble for the Republican party.

The midterm elections, which involve a combination of elections for the US Congress, governorships and local races, take place every two years.

Republicans currently control the House of Representatives and the Senate – the two chambers which make up the US Congress. But pundits are suggesting the Democrats might take control.

With all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 out of the Senate’s 100 seats up for election, as well as 36 state governors, there are a lot of races to keep an eye on.

And with Trump’s approval rating hovering around 40 per cent, a lot could change. Here is our guide on the seats to watch – and when we can expect to see results from them.

When does voting start and end?

People will take to the polls across the 50 states from 1pm GMT today, with polls closing from midnight GMT onwards. Below are the last polling times for each state.

  • 19:00 EST (midnight GMT): Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia
  • 19:30 EST (00:30 GMT): North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia
  • 20:00 EST (01:00 GMT): Alabama, Conneticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massacheutts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee
  • 20:30 EST (01:30 GMT): Arkansas
  • 21:00 EST (02:00 GMT): Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming
  • 22:00 EST (03:00 GMT): Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Utah
  • 23:00 EST (04:00 GMT): California, Hawaii, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington
  • 01:00 EST (06:00 GMT): Alaska

When will we know the results?

The votes will start to be counted as soon as the each polling station closes, which means results will trickle in over the early hours of the morning. We can expect a clear picture on what the elections mean for the country by 8am tomorrow (Wednesday 7th November) GMT.

Which are the seats to watch for the House of Representatives?

The number of seats each US state receives depends on its population size. California, the most populous state, has 53 representatives while seven states – Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming have just one representative.

The Republican Party currently controls the chamber with a 43-seat majority, but it is widely expected that the Democrats will gain control in the upcoming election. The current House has 236 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with six vacant seats.

The Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats to win a majority, which is no small accomplishment, but the president’s low approval ratings have given the party reason to hope.

West Virginia

Donald Trump won West Virginia’s 3rd district by 30 points. But it is the Democratic candidate running in the district, which has a long history of coal mining, that is gaining national attention. Richard Ojeda says he voted for Donald Trump in 2016, opposes universal background checks for gun buyers, and is pro-coal.

Mr Ojeda is running against Republican Carol Miller in the open-seat race after the incumbent Republican Evan Jenkins vacated the seat to run for the Senate.

Polling suggests it will be a tight race between the two candidates, but analysts are keeping a close watch to see if a populist Democrat in a pro-Trump area is a winning formula.

Last polls for West Virginia close at 19:30 EST (00:30 GMT).

California

Republican Representative Mimi Walters is battling to keep hold of her seat against Democrat Katie Porter in the state’s 45th district, Orange County. The number of registered Republicans in the county has consistently declined as its population becomes more diverse.

Ms Walters is one of seven Republicans representing districts in California which Hillary Clinton won in 2016. The Democrats need to take several of these in order to have a chance of regaining a majority in the House.

Pundits are viewing a win in this race as a sign they will do well across Southern California – picking up crucial Republican-held seats. Professor Larry Sabato from the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics has changed his prediction from ‘leaning Republican’ to a ‘toss-up’.

Last polls for California close at 23:00 EST (04:00 GMT).

Minnesota

Minnesota’s 8th district is considered one of the Democrats’ most at-risk seats in November. It is a traditionally Democrat area – former president Barack Obama won the district twice but it swung heavily to Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

The seat is currently held by Democrat Rick Nolan but the 74-year-old is not seeking re-election. The party’s candidate Joe Radinovich, a former state legislator, is facing a tough battle against Republican Pete Stauber, a county commissioner.

Last polls for Minnesota close at 21:00 EST (02:00 GMT).

Texas

The race in Texas’ 23rd district will largely focus on one of the Trump administration’s main concerns – immigration. The district contains a third of the US-Mexico border and has the second highest population of ‘Dreamers’ – the term given to undocumented migrants who arrived in America as children and have been granted temporary protection.

The incumbent, Republican Will Hurd, is a former CIA agent who has chosen to distance himself from Mr Trump. His Democratic rival, Gina Ortiz Jones, is a Filipina-American, openly LGBTQ and an Iraq veteran.

Mr Hurd, who became the first African-American elected to Congress from Texas when he was elected in 2015, is tipped to win by a narrow margin in the swing district.

He has distanced himself from the national Republican party and even wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in July stating that the president had been manipulated by Russian intelligence.

Last polls for Texas close at 21:00 EST (02:00 GMT).

Florida

Moderate Republicans will be looking to Florida’s 26th district to see whether they can keep hold of a largely Hispanic area in the Trump era.

The incumbent, Carlos Curbelo, is well-liked but Republicans still fear his Democrat opponent, Latin immigrant Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, could sweep to a surprise victory. Hillary Clinton won the district by 16 points in 2015.

Last polls for Florida close at 20:00 EST (01:00 GMT).

What about the Senate?

The US Senate is the upper chamber on Capitol Hill. There are 100 Senators, two from each state, and Republicans currently hold a razor thin majority with 51 seats.

The US Senate writes and passes laws but has a number of other powers and responsibilities, from ratifying treaties with other countries to overseeing investigations of officials and public bodies.

Senators have six-year terms and just 35 seats are up for re-election. Most of these are currently held by Democrats, making it hard for them to make gains.

Nevada

Senator Dean Heller’s election fight is an interesting one to watch. He is the only Republican senator up for re-election in a state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

Senator Heller’s Democratic opponent, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, has also support from anti-Trump female voters. She is also hoping Nevada’s growing Hispanic population will help her to victory in November.

However she faces an uphill battle in encouraging voter turnout, and Republicans are relying on white rural voters to come out to support Mr Heller.

Last polls for Nevada close at 22:00 EST (03:00 GMT).

North Dakota

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who is facing re-election in a state Mr Trump won by nearly 40 points in 2016, is considered the most endangered Democrat in the Senate.

Ms Heitkamp will face pressure from conservative voters if she votes against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, as she has suggested she will. However Ms Heitkamp has touted her previous support for Mr Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

Her opponent, Kevin Crammer, also has the backing of the president. Mr Trump headlined a fundraiser for the Republican in early September which brought in more than $1 million in donations to his campaign.

Last polls for North Dakota close at 23:00 EST (04:00 GMT).

Florida

The race between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and his Republican challenger Rick Scott is one of the most expensive of the year. Mr Scott, Florida’s governor, has challenged Mr Nelson’s record in Washington and distanced himself from the president so as not to lose out on Puerto Rican voters.

Republicans see the seat as one of their most promising chances of picking up an extra Senate seat and have spent heavily in the race. Polls show the two almost neck and neck – an interesting race to tune into on election night.

Last polls for Florida close at 20:00 EST (01:00 GMT).

Texas

Despite being a presidential candidate in 2016, Republican Senator Ted Cruz is now fighting for his political life in Texas. His Democratic challenger  – Bete O’Rourke – has brought Mr Cruz’s lead in the deeply red state down to single digits, shocking political pundits.

Mr Trump has overcome his previous animosity with the Senator to lend his support to his campaign. Donald Jnr has already been deployed to campaign for Mr Cruz and the president himself may make an appearance in a bid to bolster support.

Mr O’Rourke, a 45-year-old congressman, has campaigned on a platform of inclusion and optimism, particularly on issues such as immigration. It is a message that chimes with the state’s growing Hispanic population, which currently stands at 39 per cent.

Pollsters still predict a Cruz victory but Mr O’Rourke’s popularity and upbeat campaign rallies have left Republican operatives deeply troubled.

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Trump and Obama trade blows as midterm elections loom

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As the final countdown begins to Tuesday’s midterm elections, the contest is turning into a tale of two presidents. The current occupant of the White House is fighting to retain control over Congress. He is also locked in mortal combat with his immediate predecessor, who is battling to hold on to his legacy.

Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, and Barack Obama, the 44th, both took to the stump on Sunday. Their first rallies of the day were separated by 750 miles of interstate highway, but in content and vision they were lightyears apart.

Trump, addressing a crowd in Macon, Georgia, set out his now familiar dystopia of an America overrun with criminal aliens and radical socialists. He unleashed his firepower on Stacey Abrams, the Democrat seeking to become the first black woman governor of any state in the union.

“You put Stacey in there and you are going to get Georgia turn into Venezuela,” Trump said. “Stacey Abrams wants to turn your wonderful state into a giant sanctuary city for criminal aliens, putting innocent Georgia families at the mercy of hardened criminals and predators.”

Obama was in Gary, Indiana. He implied that the existential threat came from his successor himself. Though he did not mention Trump by name, he laid out a picture of today’s politics that was in its own way equally dystopian, led by a man who had no qualms about lying or about playing to people’s fears.

“What kind of politics do we want,” he asked Democrats in a state where Senator Joe Donnelly is struggling to be re-elected. “What we have not seen at least in my memory is where, right now, you’ve got politicians blatantly, repeatedly, baldly, shamelessly lying. Just making up stuff.”

As Obama spoke, his voice hoarse, he banged the podium with the passion of a politician who has seen his legacy unpicked in record time. From his signature Affordable Care Act – dubbed by Democrats with affection and Republicans with equal disdain as “Obamacare” – to his actions on climate change, immigration reform, income redistribution and the composition of the US supreme court, his achievements have been brutally assailed.

Obama ridiculed Trump’s focus in the final days of the campaign on the caravan of Central American asylum seekers making their perilous way to the US border. “Two weeks before the election they are telling us that the single greatest threat to America is a bunch of poor, impoverished, broken, hungry refugees 1,000 miles away.”

But he warned: “Sometimes these tactics of scaring people and making stuff up work.”

He painted the stakes at Tuesday’s election as no less than the future of democracy itself. “There have got to be consequences when people don’t tell the truth. When words stop meaning anything, when people can just lie with abandon, democracy can’t work. Nothing works… Society doesn’t work unless there are consequences.”

Despite their conflicting approaches, Trump and Obama shared one message: that the normally lacklustre and low-turnout midterms could not be more significant this time. As Obama put it: “America is at a crossroads. The character of our country is on the ballot.”

Here’s how Trump put the same idea: “This election will decide on whether we build on the extraordinary prospective we have created or whether we let the radical Democrats take a wrecking ball to our future.”

It seems their message is working, if the response of the electorate is an indication. Some 33 million votes have already been counted in early voting, vastly more than at this stage four years ago. Turnout is on track to be the largest in a midterm election for more than 50 years.

When polling stations open on America’s eastern seaboard at 6am on Tuesday, both main parties have much to win and lose. With all 435 seats of the House of Representatives up for grabs, the Democrats look well-placed to gain the 23 they need to take back control and put a spoke in the wheel of Trump’s ambitions.

A much tougher challenge faces the party in the Senate, where 26 Democratic seats are in play compared with only nine Republican.

The intensity of the fight,on display at the presidents’ dueling rallies, was reflected too on the Sunday political talk shows, which were dominated by disputes over race-baiting. Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told CNN’s State of the Union: “What you see in the closing argument is dog-whistle politics, appeals to racists, just the worst of America.”

The show’s host, Jake Tapper, engaged in a feisty to-and-fro with Perez’s Republican counterpart, Ronna McDaniel. He put to her a racially provocative attack ad made for the Trump campaign and shared on social media by the president last week, which accused Democrats of allowing into the US an undocumented migrant who murdered two police officers in California. In fact, Luis Bracamontes most recently entered the US during the administration of George W Bush, a Republican. The advert was widely condemned.

Tapper asked the RNC chair if she had any concerns about the flagrant inaccuracy of the ad as well as its blatant racist tone. She avoided replying directly, saying: “Regardless. We didn’t want [Bracamontes] in the country. He killed police. That’s not good.”

“Is that the Democrats’ fault?” Tapper pressed.

“It’s a systemic failure.”

When Tapper said that suggested both main parties were responsible, not just the Democrats, McDaniel replied: “Who’s the party saying, ‘Let’s fix it’? Who’s the party fixing all the problems?”

With so much riding on Tuesday night, Trump and Republican leadership have resorted to increasingly extreme language. A return to Democratic control of the House would allow liberals to block much of the president’s agenda, as well as to investigate him aggressively in committees wielding subpoena power.

In addition, 36 state governors are up for re-election and the Democrats hope to win back hundreds of seats in state legislatures.

Despite economic indicators that put unemployment at 3.7%, its lowest level in 49 years, and wage growth at its best since 2009, Trump has taken a big gamble in prioritizing his anti-immigration policies rather than a booming economy. On Friday at a rally in West Virginia, he said: “We have the greatest economy in the history of our country. But sometimes it’s not as exciting to talk about the economy.”

The president has promised in lurid terms anti-immigrant measures, from sending troops to the border with Mexico to making it harder to claim asylum and putting an end to so-called “birthright citizenship”, whereby anyone born in the US is automatically American. His incendiary talk has been matched by others in his administration.

On Saturday, agriculture secretary Sonny Perdue spoke in Lakeland, Florida. He was trying to buoy up the chances of Ron DeSantis becoming governor instead of an African American Democrat, Andrew Gillum. Even had the neck-and-neck race not involved a black candidate, Perdue’s words would have been explosive.

“Public policy matters,” he said. “Leadership matters. And that is why this election is so cotton-pickin’ important to the state of Florida. I hope you all don’t mess it up.”

Florida joined the US in 1845 as a slave state, with half its enslaved black population working on cotton and sugar plantations.

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 Barack Obama and Stacey Abrams wave to the crowd during a campaign rally at Morehouse College in Atlanta. 

Race is also a big issue in Georgia. Abrams’ opponent, Brian Kemp, is in charge of overseeing elections as secretary of state. In that role he has been accused of attempting to prevent thousands of largely African American residents from voting.

Abrams was asked by CNN on Sunday what she thought about Perdue’s “cotton-pickin” comment. She said: “I think there is certainly a throwback element to the language coming out of the Republican party that is unfortunately disparaging to communities. It may be unintentional, but it signals a deeper misinformation about what Andrew Gillum can accomplish, what I can accomplish.”

As Trump set out from the White House for Georgia, he told reporters his recent spate of rallies, in which he has set out his dystopian view of a nation under siege from “invading” immigrants, had sparked a fire under the conservative base.

“There’s something very interesting that’s happening the level of fervor, the level of fever is very strong on the Republican side,” he said. “There’s a lot of energy out there. I think that the rallies have been the things that have caused this fervor to start. I have never seen such an enthusiastic Republican party.”

Polls continue to indicate that Democrats have a significant lead, though after the embarrassment to pollsters of 2016 any such figures must be handled with extreme caution. The last poll from the Wall Street Journal/NBC News showed the Democrats up by seven points in terms of who respondents wanted to control Congress.

Trump’s low approval rating – CNN puts it at 44% – continues to be a challenge. In 2010 Barack Obama had a rating of 46%. He lost 63 House seats.

President Trump’s approval rating holds steady at 45 percent ahead of midterms

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Forty-five percent of Americans said they approve of President Trump‘s job in office less than one week out from the midterm elections, according to a new American Barometer survey.

The poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 24 percent of voters said they “strongly approved” of the president, while 21 percent said they “somewhat approved.”

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they disapproved of Trump, with 42 percent saying they “strongly disapproved” and 12 percent saying they “somewhat disapproved.”

The last American Barometer poll on Trump’s approval rating, conducted earlier this month, showed the president’s approval rating at 46 percent and his disapproval rating at 54 percent.

The survey comes less than one week before the midterm elections.

The Real Clear Politics generic congressional ballot Wednesday showed Democrats leading Republicans by 7.5 points.

Political analyst Ruy Teixeira told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha that Republicans and Democrats will likely interpret the midterm results differently, with Democrats calling it an election about Trump.

“The Democrats will obviously more say it’s a referendum on Trump, and this indicates a rejection of the kind of politics he stands for,”  Teixeira said on “What America’s Thinking.”

“The Republicans will say this is just normal, off-year changes. It’s not at all a referendum on Trump. A lot of people still love him,” he continued.

The latest American Barometer found that 84 percent of Republicans said they approved of the president ahead of the midterms, while only 15 percent of Democrats said the same.

The American Barometer was conducted on October 30-31 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percent.

Hillary Just Embarrassed Herself On National Television With 5 Words

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The past two years have been hard for Hillary Clinton after losing to Donald Trump.

There’s nothing she wants more than to be president.

And things just got harder after she embarrassed herself on national television with only five words.

The Clinton Family Loses Their Legacy

The Clinton’s have a long legacy in American politics.

But it isn’t a good one.

Bill Clinton made it all the way to the White House only to face impeachment.

In response, the Clinton’s lost a lot of credibility.

Voters didn’t trust them anymore.

But Hillary kept pushing forward, becoming a U.S. Senator in New York in 2001.

And from that position, she chose to run for President in 2008.

After losing to Barack Obama, she received the position of Secretary of State.

And finally, she ran for President yet again.

This time she got the Democrat nomination, giving the ability to challenge Donald Trump.

She was confident the presidency was hers.

Everyone in the media said Trump could never win.

But now everyone knows exactly how that ended up working out.

Hillary Clinton’s Hiatus From Politics

After losing to Trump, Hillary spent some time avoiding politics altogether.

Outside of releasing a book explaining why she lost, nobody heard much from her.

That is until recent weeks.

She, along with her husband Bill, are holding a series of events across North America.

And Hillary is speaking freely about her loss to Donald Trump.

In a recent interview, she was asked if she will run for president again.

Hillary initially responded with a quiet “no.”

But that response was quickly followed by a longer answer, indicating some openness to the idea.

“Well, I’d like to be president. I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there’s going to be so much work to be done.”

The crowd erupted into laughter.

To most, the idea of her beating President Trump is laughable.

But to the more dedicated Democrats, it is a real possibility.

They are convinced Trump is an illegitimate president, and that Hillary actually won.

So if she were to run, she would have a following already.

And the establishment would likely support her.

Who Clinton Would Face If She Runs

If Hillary does run, there are a number of Democrats she’d have to beat in the primary election.

Currently, the top contender is Joe Biden.

recent CNN poll shows him at the top of the pack, with Bernie Sanders trailing him.

But there is a large list of less known, less establishment candidates who may emerge.

Trump is an outsider and took America by storm in 2016.

Democrats are likely to use this same tactic in 2020.

So somebody like Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represented Stormy Daniels, could be a possible candidate.

Some even believe he could beat Donald Trump simply because of his willingness to play dirty.

Who do you think will face off against Donald Trump in 2020?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

This Picture From Barack Obama’s Past Just Ruined His Life For Good

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Journalists pounced on the terrible tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh to attack Donald Trump.

Their main concern was blaming him for the shooting to hurt him in the election.

But then an old picture of Barack Obama resurfaced and it just changed everything.

Media Falsely Blames Donald Trump For Synagogue Shooting

Republicans built a cloud of steam going into the final days before the midterm election.

Polls showed GOP candidates surging and in the position to boot multiple Democrat Senators from office.

So the media sprung into action to try and save their Democrat allies.

Journalists settled on the narrative that Donald Trump bore the responsibility of an anti-Semitic bigot murdering 11 innocent worshippers.

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump said that Trump was to blame for creating the environment that led to this act of evil.

He wrote:

“A CENTRAL QUESTION ABOUT THE ATTEMPTED BOMBINGS AND THE SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING IS: WHY NOW? IS IT A COINCIDENCE THAT BOTH OF THOSE ACTS HAPPENED AT THIS MOMENT? OR WAS THE BOMBER, ALLEGEDLY SAYOC, REACTING IN PART TO THE ASSERTION THAT DEMOCRATS WERE BEING VIOLENT? WAS THE SYNAGOGUE SHOOTER, ALLEGEDLY BOWERS, REACTING TO THE INCREASED URGENCY FOMENTED BY TRUMP AND HIS ALLIES ABOUT THE RISK OF MIGRANTS COMING TO THE UNITED STATES?”

Bump then answered his own question.

He also wrote:

“SO WE HAVE TO NOTE WHY THAT RHETORIC EXISTS: BECAUSE TRUMP AND HIS ALLIES THINK THAT CONCERN ABOUT MIGRANTS AND ABOUT DEMOCRATIC VIOLENCE WILL HELP THEM WIN ELECTIONS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY THINK THOSE CONCERNS ARE VALID.”

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shut down this fake news.

She noted that while Trump was condemning the people who committed acts of terrorism, the media was busy attacking Trump.

“The very first action the president did was condemn these heinous acts. The very first thing that the media did was condemn the president,” she declared.

An Old Photo Of Barack Obama Resurfaces

Things went from bad to worse for the media.

After they rushed to blame Trump for the shooting, critics noted they gave the Democrats a pass for mainstreaming anti-Semitism.

In 2005, a smiling Barack Obama was photographed standing next to the openly racist and anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

But Barack Obama is not the only prominent Democrat who wrapped his arms around Farrakhan.

Bill Clinton sat front-and-center with the notorious anti-Semite at Aretha Franklin’s funeral.

Sean Davis

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If you’re wondering why media have suddenly characterized all criticism of George Soros as “anti-Semitism” (it’s not), it’s because they’re desperate to avoid discussing the fact that Democrats have actively encouraged the most vile out-and-proud anti-Semites for years.

Democrats Have A Louis Farrakhan Problem     

The left has a Louis Farrakhan problem.

Shortly before the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, Farrakhan tweeted out a video where he compared Jews to termites.

Twitter did not ban him.

The left sat silently as Farrakhan spread his hate-filled, anti-Semitic poison over social media.

If any group is responsible for condoning anti-Semitism, it is the American left.

They refuse to expel Farrakhan from polite society.

Therefore, they have allowed him to mainstream his hatred.

We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.