Democrats' Road to Controlling U.S. House Runs Through Pennsylvania

I'm an independent. But I'm casting a party-line vote in the midterm election

On Wednesday, the president tweeted an inflammatory ad comparing migrants in the caravan to a convicted cop killer who entered the US illegally several years ago. Right now, CBS News rates this race as a toss-up.

Trump is trying to fire up his base - Republican voters frequently cite immigration as a top concern - as the GOP tries to retain control of the House and Senate.

As Americans participated in early voting this weekend, that same anxiety was palpable among some voters. The Republicans have 51 Senate seats, while Democrats have 49.

"Pennsylvania is going to be the bellwether".

McDaniel said voters should choose Republicans based on the strength of the economy.

In midterm elections, the House and Senate races tend to move in tandem, but this year, they're heading in two very different directions.

Democrat immigration policies not only drain United States treasury, but they threaten communities, he alleged. This year, 33 seats plus two retiree seats (Republican Thad Cochran of MS retired earlier this year and Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is retiring imminently) are being contested.

A record number of women are running in the midterms and some could score historic firsts. "A citizen deserves to have a competitive election". Trump nonetheless added some praise of Manchin in his remarks, telling his supporters: "There's nobody smoother than Joe, you gotta understand". Republicans' intermittent focus on favorable economic news, such as the Friday report showing strong job growth, has been overwhelmed by Mr. Trump's message of racially incendiary nationalism. "That's what is putting hard-working Americans to work, and that's what is putting more money in their pockets".

"Democrats are openly encouraging millions of illegal aliens to break our laws, violate our sovereignty, overrun our borders and destroy our nation in so many ways", Mr Trump said at a rally in Pensacola, Florida, that lasted about 80 minutes.

President Donald Trump touted US economic growth and painted a grim picture on immigration in rallies with Republican candidates before Tuesday's elections as Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden urged voters to reject division.

Mr Bob Menendez, 64, a Democrat from New Jersey who has served in the Senate since 2006, could also be in trouble after facing corruption charges. In many USA states, the parties that control state legislatures get to draw the new electoral boundaries after each census of the population.

Republican Strategist and TV news personality Ford O'Connell, however, said that while historical precedent is in Democrats' favor, "the only question here is whether the Republicans in the House can minimize their losses and hold onto the House by a sliver". This district has been represented by incumbent Rep. Leonard Lance, a Republican, since 2008.

Meanwhile, Trump's political style looks to be becoming a liability. In North Dakota's Senate race, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp defended herself from attacks on immigration and crime by featuring a retired police chief and Trump voter in her ads.

Trump's approval rating among all adults stands at 40 percent - the same as in early October and higher than his 36 percent in August.

That's why Democrats have been hammering their Republican opponents over the party's repeated attempts to dismantle the ACA and pave the way for insurance companies to once again raise premiums on people with preexisting conditions. On Thursday, he was able to showcase Republican backing by appearing with about a dozen Republicans, including a former state senator, a former state representative and a staffer to a former Republican governor.

"It is not a right-wing organization".

At one recent rally, Obama said, "We have seen repeated attempts to divide us with rhetoric created to make us angry and make us fearful, that's created to exploit our history of racial and ethnic and religious division".

The critics expressed concern over Perry's votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act - Obama's signature healthcare program - and its insurance protections for people with preexisting medical conditions.

In an interview published on Friday, Mr Trump told the Washington Times: "I don't view it as the Willie Horton ad at all".

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