“If the radical resistance (of the Democrats) comes to power, they will act immediately to eradicate all the advances we have made,” Trump warned.
President Donald Trump acknowledged today that his priority in the legislative elections on Tuesday is the Senate, in an attempt to disengage from the possible loss of Republican control in the lower house, which the Democratic opposition has a good chance of recovering.
Two days before the election, Trump and former President Barack Obama returned to lead the campaign of their respective parties, the Republican and the Democratic, while hundreds of candidates for federal, state and local positions hurried their efforts to get Americans to vote.
“If the radical resistance (of the Democrats) comes to power, they will act immediately to eradicate all the advances we have made,” Trump warned at the first of his two rallies of the day in Macon, Georgia, before moving to Tennessee.
Obama, for his part, presented Tuesday’s elections as “the most important” of his life, and stressed that “the United States is at a crossroads.”
“There is a competition of ideas about who we are and who we are going to be, the character of our nation is on the ballot,” Obama said at a rally in Chicago, Illinois.
In the elections, the 435 seats of the House of Representatives will be renewed plus one-third of the hundred seats of the Senate, as well as some thirty governorships and hundreds of state and local public offices.
The polls paint a favorable picture for Democrats in the lower house, where they need to win 23 seats to recover a majority that Republicans have held since 2011.
On the other hand, the map is much less favorable for the progressives in the Senate, where they have to defend more seats than the Republicans, and in especially conservative states.
Trump has focused his rallies on states he won in 2016 and where there are battles for the Senate or governorates but has barely campaigned for candidates for seats in the House, which are disputed in many cases in suburbs of Democratic cities.
Today, two days after recognizing that the Democrats could conquer the lower house, the president admitted that his “main focus has been the Senate.”
President Donald Trump on the midterms: “I think we are going to do well in the House, I think we are going to do really well in the Senate … the level of fervor, the level of fever is very strong on the Republican side” pic.twitter.com/WHrn1NNiYE
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 4, 2018
“I can not campaign for all those congressmen, there are a lot of people in the lower house, there would be too many stops,” he told reporters at the White House.
If the Democrats take control of that chamber and the Republicans maintain their dominance in the Senate, the legislative elections -considered a referendum on the president- would produce a contradictory verdict from the United States on the Trump administration.
The president, who this week hinted that the outgoing president of the lower house, Republican Paul Ryan, has not done enough to hold the reins of the institution, seemed to pave the way to throw balls out if his party is finally defeated in that fight.
In Georgia, Trump resumed his alarmist speech about immigration and the caravan of Central American migrants who are heading to the US and stressed that he will not let “these people invade our country.”
Trump also warned that the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams, would turn the state “into Venezuela,” an attack she has repeatedly used against progressive aspirants in these elections.
Abrams is one of the most observed figures in this campaign because, if she wins on Tuesday, she will become the first African-American woman to become governor in US history.
The polls show a tight battle between Abrams and his rival, Republican Brian Kemp, who today made headlines nationally by announcing he was investigating the Democratic party in the state for “possible cybercrime.”
Kemp, who is Georgia’s state secretary and oversees elections in the region, accused Democrats of trying to hack into the state’s voter registration system without providing evidence, which Abrams called a “desperate” accusation.
In Texas, Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke closed his campaign in the hope of mobilizing enough voters to put the polls in the wrong place, giving his opponent, Senator, an advantage of 5-9 points. Republican Ted Cruz.
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