- Americans vote Tuesday in elections that will determine the environment for the rest of Trump’s first term
- Democrats aim to seize control of both houses of Congress from Republicans
- Polls suggest they will likely take control of the House but fall short in the Senate
- All 435 House seats are up for grabs along with 35 of the 100 Senate seats and 36 state governorships
- A Democrat-led House would launch investigations, issue subpoenas and talk about impeaching Trump
- If they control the Senate, the president will lose the ability to easily confirm judges and cabinet members
- New ad spending records were set, with more than $3.2 billion in TV and radio ads and $900 million online
- 36 million Americans had already voted prior to Election Day in 37 states and D.C. where it’s allowed
Americans headed to the polls on Turesday in crucial midterm elections that will serve as a referendum on the first two years of President Donald Trump’s presidency and determine how much – or how little – help he will have in Congress during the rest of his first term.
Every seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs, along with 35 of the 100 Senate seats. Voters will also decide on 36 races for state governors.
Republicans aim to hold their majorities in both chambers of Congress. Democrats are trying to take over in what pundits call a ‘blue wave.’ Trump will gather with friends and family to watch the results in the White House, according to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
With Trump as president, the nation’s off-year political contests have taken on the character of the World Series instead of the sleepy minor-league affairs they usually are.
Campaigns spent more than $3.27 billion on TV and radio ads alone, and another $900 million in online ads, according to Kantar Media/CMAG, which tracks those numbers.
A shift of just 23 seats would put the House in Democrats’ hands and likely install the long-suffering Nancy Pelosi, 78, as speaker. Most forecasters consider that outcome likely but not guaranteed.
If they’re right, control of the chamber woud switch hands for the third time in 12 years. America hasn’t seen that level of fluctuation since World War II.
In the Senate the margin is narrower: A swing of just two seats would cost Republicans their gavel. But the realities of America’s electol map make it a harder task than flipping the House.