Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Former Obama Adviser: Dems May Retake House, But 'Blue Wave' Won't Happen

Former Obama Adviser: Dems May Retake House, But 'Blue Wave' Won't Happen

On the eve of the mid-term elections, Democrats continue to hold a double-digit lead over Republicans in a generic congressional ballot among likely voters, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.

With the monthslong fight serving as a testing ground for his nationalist appeals and the strength of the coalition that powered him to the White House two years ago, Trump closed out a campaign season that has been defined by his racially charged rhetoric, hard-line immigration moves and scattershot policy proposals.

Democrats could derail Trump's legislative agenda for the next two years should they win control of the House or the Senate.

"You want to see Georgia prosperity end?" Let's see what happens, ' Trump said.

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Gallup pollster Frank Newport said that puts pressure on Democrats to make sure their supporters get out and vote.

Early results began to trickle in from states such as in, site of a key US Senate battle, and Kentucky, home of a pivotal US House of Representatives race, but it could be hours before the winners are determined.

Democrats are defending 10 Senate seats in states that Trump won in 2016.

"So ultimately, if we're going to have a smaller team I think we're going to have a more united team", he says.

Tuesday's vote followed Trump's tumultuous first two years in the White House, during which he cracked down on immigration, introduced massive tax cuts and employed increasingly polarising rhetoric.

He's undecided going into Election Day. The former president tweeted the vote "might be the most important of our lifetimes". Studies have found voter fraud to be a rare occurrence in the U.S.

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"I think it will actually be an advantage to Trump is they pursue impeachment".

"In a sense, I am on the ticket", he told a raucous crowd in Cleveland. "That said, it may be just as likely - or even more likely - that we're understating the Democrats in the House".

Shifts among undecided voters or unexpected changes in turnout in these races could decide control of the House-and in one possible outcome, a Democratic majority won't become clear until late postal ballots are counted in California and Washington. In an interview with The Associated Press last month, Trump said he would not accept blame for a GOP defeat at the polls.

Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Pensacola International Airport on November 3 in Pensacola, Fla.

"Democrats want to invite caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to pour into our country".

Trump held the rally in Missouri to promote Hawley, who's in a neck-and-neck race with Democratic Sen. "Trump has done a good job at keeping Republicans angry". Most of the accomplishments being touted by Trump on the campaign trail - the rising stock market, his trade war, his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un - have nothing to do with Congress. This is to say nothing of all the things - violence, hatred, anxiety, long-term negative economic trends - for which politicians have some responsibility but about which no one much expected them to do anything.

An investigation into whether Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath to get confirmed could also be launched, he said. Aides believe it to be one of the most effective arguments for bringing GOP voters to the polls. Even if they lose the House, if Republicans keep the Senate, they still get to control the approval process for new judges. "The Democrats overplayed their hand".

"Everything we have achieved is at stake tomorrow", he said during a blitz of three final rallies.

Democratic candidates for the House of Representative have raised $649m (£500m) from individual donors, more than doubling the $312m tally for the Republicans. "There's electricity in the air like I haven't seen since '16", he said Monday.

But there was very little grace and nothing unbelievable in a bitter campaign, the nadir of which came when several television networks declined to air a patently racist advertisement from the Trump campaign - approved by President Trump - a commercial so xenophobic that even Fox News, the President's cable channel of preference, refused to air it. "I'll just figure it out".

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