The biggest threat to Trump winning a second term

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Many Democratic candidates in tight races shied away from harsh criticism of Trump, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining health insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens.

Americans are heading to the ballot box to determine the balance of power in the US Congress and shape the future of Donald Trump's presidency.

So another reason we need not be concerned about surprises in today's vote is that it was the idiosyncrasies of the U.S. presidential election system that turned a marginal error into a surprise president in 2016, and this system does not apply to the midterms.

At stake are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, 36 governor's posts and seats in state legislatures across the country.

Despite not being on the ballot, Trump made the midterm elections about him. "The press is very much considering it a referendum on me and us as a movement".

Whether they flip the House or not, Democrats are still expected to gain seats in the chamber, given the favorable political environment for Democrats. Perhaps more important, they would win subpoena power to investigate Trump's many personal and professional missteps. The strangers faced each other from opposite edges of the great American divide, Democrat versus Republican, both convinced the election is among the most consequential in their lifetimes and that they must save the nation from the fearful consequences of other side. But Trump appears to have put his finger on a very contentious spot in the American mind-space: people are anxious that the liberalism of the Democrats may work completely against the interests of those already living in the country.

The political realignment, defined by race, gender and education, could re-shape United States politics for a generation.

Tuesday's elections also tested the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender, and especially education.

Democrats are bringing in their own heavy hitter while campaigning to boost Obamacare and bring President Trump's legislative accomplishments to a standstill. Blue-collar men, however, have embraced the unconventional president. Republicans hope he can help GOP Rep. Mia Love over the line in her toss-up race in the 4th District. "Since Trump come along, I feel a lot better".

A nationwide poll released Sunday by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal details the depth of the demographic shifts.

Waiting to vote at a polling station on Tuesday morning in Miami Dade county, video editor Daniel Z., 52, described himself as an independent voter, and said: "This is an accident in democracy - that a reality TV guy is our president".

He pointed out Democrats have been enraged for years.

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Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives have raised $649m (£500m) from individual donors, more than double the $312m tally for the Republicans. As election day neared, the polls increasingly showed that Trump had a real chance of winning. Trump, the GOP's chief messenger, warned that significant Democratic victories would trigger devastating consequences.

Still, his xenophobic rhetoric has been unprecedented for an American president in the modern era: "Barbed wire used properly can be a attractive sight", Trump told voters in Montana.

Turnout is expected to be high.

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Keeping control of the House would validate President Trump's governing style and mean full speed ahead for Hill Republicans to move his agenda. 3% of likely voters said they would choose another candidate while 6% were undecided. There are also Senate races in Texas and Arizona, two big Democratic targets, which will nearly certainly be determinative of who controls the Senate.

Either way, election watchers who want to see which party wins control of Congress probably won't be going to bed early tonight.

President Donald Trump landed in IN for a campaign rally and took a low-key posture on the prospect of a Democratic takeover - saying he doesn't care if they try to force the release of his taxes and he'll just work "differently" if they win. This small error, along with the fact that some undecided voters unexpectedly voted for Trump, handed him the electoral college.

Hillary Clinton urged her 23.6 million followers on Twitter to get out and vote.

Liberal activist Tom Steyer spent roughly US$120 million this midterm season. Trump's response to the court decision was to call Kemp's campaign "extraordinary" and attack his Democrat opponent Stacy Abrams. Virtually everyone agrees that our roads, airports, bridges, and, perhaps most of all, our metropolitan transit systems need to be reworked.

"We're not some fringe element of the Democratic Party". In early voting in Florida, for instance, 40.1 per cent who voted early were registered Republicans, and 40.5 per cent registered Democrats, said media reports.

Hitting three states in one day, with a final late rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Trump hammered home his boast that "the Republican agenda is the American dream". The flood of campaign cash, a midterm record, has been overwhelmingly fuelled by energy on the left.

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