The US will head to the polls on November 6 for the Congressional midterm elections.
Up for grabs are one-third of the Senate and every seat in the House of Representatives, the two chambers making up congress.
Polls are showing the Democrats have a good chance of taking the House, but Senate looks likely to remain in Republican control, and in a final push to keep the House with the GOP, President Donald Trump has hit the campaign trail with a vengeance.
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Saturday November 3
4:40am update: Can Republicans pull off a win?
While Democrats are expected to retake the House of Representatives, it is still possible for the Republicans to maintain a majority.
Prior to the election, the Republicans were able to redraw district lines in a move called gerrymandering.
This means that the Republicans were able to reshape districts in a way that could allow them to maintain a majority in more counties and ultimately keep their majority in the House.
3:30am update: Young voters do not want to participate
In the final few days before the midterm elections, many young people are saying that they do not want to vote.
Some of these people have said that they do not have an ID that their state accepts as identification while others are saying that it is too much work.
Others are also saying that they do not see the importance of voting and some say that they will just do it in 2020.
2:228am update: Cohen claims Trump said that black people are ‘stupid’
During an interview with Vanity Fair, Trump’s former lawyer called black people “stupid”.
Mr Cohen said: “I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television.
“Trump responded, ‘That’s because black people are too stupid to vote for me’.”
1:30am update: Trump compares crowd size with Obama
During his speech in Indianapolis, Trump commented on the size of former President Barack Obama’s crowd size.
He said: “Barack Obama. I watched him speak today.
“He had a very small crowd.”
Trump said this while speaking in a high school gymnasium.
12:26am update: Man steals the show at Trump rally
During a rally in Indianapolis, Indiana, a man in the crowd stole the show from Trump.
While he was speaking, people watching the rally online or on the television could see a man “dabbing” throughout the speech.
Ilham Omar speaks to supporters
Nicholas Frakes taking over reporting from Amani Hughes
Friday November 2
10.14pm update: Obama warns do not incite fear in campaign
Barack Obama has been campaigning in support of Democratic candidates and has warned against inciting fear while President Donald Trump hammered a hardline anti-immigration message to energise Republicans.
The former president hit on a common theme of Democratic campaigns – defending the 2010 healthcare law that was his signature domestic achievement, while urging Americans not to embrace hostility and division in politics.
Obama said in Miami: “We have seen repeated attempts to divide us with rhetoric designed to make us angry and make us fearful.
“But in four day, Florida, you can be a check on that kind of behavior.”
Obama was flanked by gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who faces former congressman and strong Trump backer Ron DeSantis, and Senator Bill Nelson, who is being challenged by the outgoing governor, Rick Scott.
Trump’s campaign stops were aimed at bolstering Republicans challenging incumbent Democratic senators in West Virginia and Indiana, states he won in the 2016 presidential election.
“This election will decide whether we build on the extraordinary prosperity that we’ve unleashed … or whether we let the radical Democrats take a giant wrecking ball to America and to our future,” Trump said in West Virginia.
Opinion polls and non-partisan forecasters generally show Democrats as having strong chances of winning 23 additional seats and taking a majority in the House of Representatives, which they could use to launch investigations into Trump’s administration and block his legislative agenda.
Midterm election 2018: Barack Obama at a campaign rally for Florida’s Democratic candidates
9.17pm update: Hollywood celebrities urge young people to vote
Hollywood’s A-listers are urging young people to vote in this Tuesday’s midterm elections.
More than 50 actors, comedians, and YouTube stars will join a two-hour, live-streamed telethon on Monday night aimed at firing up younger voters – the age group least likely to cast a ballot.
During the ‘Telethon for America’, celerities will urge viewers to call in to a celebrity phone bank and pledge to vote the next day.
Comedian Chelsea Handler, who left her Netflix talk show a year ago to focus on activism, said she believes young people expect “older, more responsible adults” will act to solve problems through government.
“They just think someone else is going to take care of it, it’s not their problem and they may not be directly affected by it,” Handler, who is 43, said in an interview.
A Reuters/IPSOS poll found in October, only 25 percent of people aged 18-29 were certain to vote in the election, the lowest percentage of any age bracket.
8.47pm update: What are the latest poll predictions?
The latest polls from Five Thirty Eight today predict the following:
House of Representatives
Democrats 5 in 6 chance or 84.4 percent chance of winning the House
Republicans 1 in 6 or 15.6 percent chance
The Democrats are tripped to win an average 38 seats
Republicans 6 in 7 chance or 85.1 percent of keeping control of the Senate
Democrats have 1 in 7 chance or 14.9 percent of winning control.
The Republicans have a 23-seat majority in the House, where are all 435 seats are up for re-election.
But despite only having a two-seat majority in the Senate, 18 of the 27 that they hold are expected to remain blue.
8.13pm update: What are the key governor races?
Voters in 39 states will choose governors this year and more than 80 percent of state legislative seats are up for election.
Larry Sabato, director of the Virginia Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said: “The most important work done in the country in public policy is done in the states by governors and state legislatures.
He added: “The governors and the legislatures in most of the states that have partisan forms of redistricting will redistrict every single U.S House seat except in those states that have only one representative, and will also redistrict all of the state Senate seats and State House of Representative seats.”
The GOP currently holds 33 governor’s seats, compared to 16 for the Democrats.
All US governors serve four-year terms, except those in the states of Vermont and New Hampshire, where the terms span two years.
African American candidate Andrew Gillum is up against Republican Republican Ron DeSantis in Florida
7.35pm update: Barack Obama slams Republicans for their “constant fear-mongering”
The former president attacked Donald Trump and the Republicans for their divisive rhetoric, number of indictments, and “constant fear-mongering.”
During his speech in Miami, Obama said: “They’re telling you the existential threat to America is a bunch of poor refugees 1,000 miles away.” “They’re even taking our brave troops away from their families for a political stunt at the border. The men and women of our military deserve better than that.”
7.20pm update: Obama tells Floridians “Tuesday might be the most important election of our lifetimes”
Barack Obama campaigned for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum at a rally in Miami, Florida on Friday.
In his speech, the former president said: “The real reason I came down to Miami is because this Tuesday might be the most important election of our lifetimes.
“Politicians will always say that, but this time it’s actually true. The stakes really are that high.
Obama added: “The consequences of any of us staying home really are more dangerous because America is at a crossroads.”
Midterm election 2018: Obama said the stakes are high in the 2018 midterm elections
6.56pm update: Midterm elections campaign MOST EXPENSIVE in history
The 2018 midterm elections are proving to be a costly affair.
In Texas, Democrat Beto O’Rourke and Republican incumbent Ted Cruz have spent a combined $93m on their campaigns ahead of the election.
Overall, the Center for Responsive Politics has predicted more than $5 billion will spent on this election.
No midterm elections have ever surpassed $4.2 billion.
6.17pm update: Thousands of Georgia residents ‘must be allowed to vote’ judge rule
A federal judge has ruled that 3,141 recently naturalised US citizens must be allowed to vote after their voter registration were placed on hold.
This is a defeat for Georgia Secretary of State and Republican candidate Brian Kemp.
Voting rights activists say many of them are minority voters.
Kristen Clark, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law said: “This eliminates the unfair burdens that those voters would have faced on Election Day.”
Midterm elections: 3,141 will get to vote after their voter registration were placed on hold
5.35pm update: Romney speaks out about Trump calling media the “enemy”
In a blog post published on Thursday, November 1, Mitt Romney criticised US President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against the media industry.
In the post, Mr Romney wrote: “Surely every president has endured stories that he knew were inaccurate and has chaffed at one or more news publications…
“But no American president has ever before vilified the American press or one of its professional outlets as an “Enemy of the People.”
5.09pm update: THOUSANDS of people are lining up to watch Obama speak
Barack Obama is expected to speak at a rally in Miami Friday afternoon, local time.
And thousands of people have already started to line up to watch the former president’s speech.
Obama is campaigning for Andrew Gillum, the Democrat Tallahassee Mayor running for governor.
The speech will take place at the Ice Palace Film Studios in Miami.
Midterm elections 2018: A huge crowd has gathered to watch former president Obama speak in Miami
4.26pm update: Senators urge Facebook to fix ‘loophole’ allowing its users to lie about source of political ads
A recent report conducted by Vice News suggests that Facebook’s new regulations for political ads is easily manipulated, allowing users to post ads under fabricated identities.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner are urging Mark Zuckerberg to address the loophole, calling the problem “deeply troubling.”
In a joint statement, the two Democrats said: “We appreciate the work that Facebook has done to implement the Honest Ads Act, our legislation to create transparency and accountability measures for paid online political ads,” the two say in a joint statement.
“However, it is increasingly clear that major gaps exist in Facebook’s efforts, potentially allowing adversaries to exploit your platform with continued disinformation efforts.”
Mark Zuckerberg is urged to fix Facebook ‘loophole’ in its new regulations for politcal ads
4.10pm update: President Donald Trump outraged by “crazy, lunatic” constitutional amendment
Trump has slammed the constitutionally protected provision of birthright citizenship as a “crazy, lunatic policy.”
On Thursday night, the US President issued a new attack on the 14th Amendment, which guarantees that even children born on US soil to undocumented immigrants are American citizens.
And today, Trump vowed tough restrictions on asylum and turned his attention to consolidating GOP power.
He even stated US troops could turn their guns on members of the migrant caravan, a group of asylum seekers heading to the US.
3.50pm update: No known foreign attack on Midterm election infrastructure
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen has said the department has seen “continued attempts” to access election-related systems.
But the few attempts that succeeded in gaining access have not come from foreign countries.
She said: ”What would be strange is if we didn’t see any attempts… So as of today, we do not have any activity that we’re attributing on the election infrastructure to a foreign entity.”
Midterm elections 2018: Barack Obama will head to Florida to campaign for Andrew Gillum Friday
3.35pm update: Obama hits campaign trail to boost Florida and Georgia
Former President Barack Obama will campaign for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in Miami on Friday afternoon, local time.
Gillum could become Florida’s first African-American governor with a victory next week.
And Democrats are hoping Obama’s visit to the Sunshine State can put Gillum over the top in a race he has led narrowly.
After the former president’s Miami visit, he will head to Atlanta to meet up with former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.
3.05pm update: President Trump has made THOUSANDS of false or misleading claims since starting his presidency
President Trump has made 6,420 false or misleading claims over 649 days, according to an analysis made by the Washington post.
According to the analysis the US President made 1,318 false or misleading claims in the first nine months of his presidency.
This is an average of five a day.
However, in the seven weeks leading up the 2018 midterm elections, Mr Trump made 1,419 false or misleading claims — an average of 30 a day.
Polls are showing Republican Senator Ted Cruz holds a three-point lead over his challenger
2.58pm update: Latest polls show Republican Ted Cruz leads Beto O’Rourke in Texas
Polls are showing Republican Senator Ted Cruz holds a three-point lead over his challenger, Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
While still in the lead, this latest poll shows a tightening gap between the candidates.
Internal Republican polling indicates that Mr. Cruz is ahead by about eight point, something not reflected in the public polls.
This indicates the importance of turnout: if turnout is as high as expected, particularly after the high early voter turnout.
Mr Cruz leads Mr O’Rourke 50 percent to 47 percent among likely voters surveyed in the Emerson College poll released on Thursday, with two percent of those surveyed still undecided.
The poll of 781 likely voters in Texas was conducted on Oct. 28-30 and has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.
2.55pm update: Betting trends suggest Republicans will run Democrats CLOSE
With only days to go before the 2018 midterm election, political bettors are taking a dimmer view of the prospects of the ‘blue wave’ than certain pundits and sections of the media.
The odds suggest the Democrats have a 2 in 3 chance of taking the House, but many are willing to wager against it and in a situation identical to Trump’s win in 2016.
Here are the latest odds:
- Democrats 1/2 – 66 percent chance of winning
- Republicans 6/4 – 33 percent chance of winning
- No overall majority 100/1 – 1 percent chance of winning
- Democrats exact seats 226
- Republicans exact seats 203
Midterm elections 2018: Odds suggest Democrats have a 2 in 3 chance of taking the house
2.45pm update: Democrats reveal their TOP PRIORITY: to investigate and impeach Trump
According to the Daily Beast, 37 percent of Democrats said their top priority is to “investigate and potentially impeach Trump.”
The poll was commissioned by Ipsos for The Daily Beast, where respondents were asked what lawmakers’ first priority would be after the vote on November 6.
The next popular answer was “fixing problems with our health care system” at 34 percent.
2.28pm update: 22 states + DC surpassed their 2014 total early vote
22 states and Washington DC, early voting numbers have surpassed those from the 2014.
1.58pm update: Three states to vote on measures to LIMIT abortion rights
Voters in states like West Virginia, Oregon and Alabama have abortion rights on the ballot this election.
The three US states long support for abortion rights is being tested on November’s ballot by a group of determined activists pushing an initiative to prohibit state funding for most abortions.
This comes in the wake of the confirmation of Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and major concerns from abortion-rights supporters that a new conservative consensus on the high court could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision outlawing restrictions on the procedure before the fetus is viable.
The stakes are high for both sides in the highly charged abortion debate.
Midterm election 2018: Protesters in Oregon campaign for womens right to abortion in 2017
1.31pm update: Trump has released what has been described as one of the most racist political adverts in history
The advert shows Bracamontes, who has been sentenced to death, laughing in court and vowing to kill more officers.
Words across the screen read: “Democrats let him into our country. Democrats let him stay.”
The advert then shows migrants pulling on what appears to be a border fence.
13.15pm update: More than 25 million people have voted early
According to data collected by Catalist, at least 25,859,552 votes have been cast early or by mail nationwide as of this morning.
So far, we know that more women than men have voted and a high percentage is elderly.
12.40pm update: Former President George H.W. Bush votes early alongside his two best friends
Former President George H.W. Bush was seen entering a polling station to cast his vote yesterday.
Mr Bush was accompanied by his two best friends – Jim Baker and his dog Sully.
The former president is one of thousands of Americans voting early ahead of the 2018 midterm elections this year.
Mr Bush spokesperson Jim McGrath tweeted a photo of the occasion, saying: “The 41st President accompanied by his two best friends — Jim Baker and Sully — discharging his civic duty and voting today.”
Midterm elections 2018: Former President George W.H. Bush seen casting his vote yesterday
12.15pm update: The year of the women
For the first time in US history, the majority of the Democratic Party’s nominees are not white men.
According to Sky News, women, minority, LGBTQ and first-time candidates have won the primaries in record-breaking numbers.
This means traditional safe-seat “insider” Republicans are being pushed to the fringes of Trump’s party.
The reason is thought to be voters on both sides want more authentic, less polished and non-establishment candidates.
Campaigns such as #metoo, March for Our Lives and Black Lives Matter are expected to have heavily influenced this year’s midterm elections and how Americans vote.
Amalie Henden taking over live reporting from Kate Whitfield
Midterm elections 2018: Zephyr Teachout campaigning for the Democratic Party
11.50pm update: Trump says he tells the truth ‘when he can’
US President Donald Trump says he always tries to tell the truth when he can, despite how the media portrays him.
“I do try,” he told ABC News in an interview aired on Thursday. “I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth.”
Mr Trump has faced repeated criticism from US media and opponents for lying and distorting the truth around issues.
11.20pm update: Hillary Clinton in SHOCK admission
The former Secretary of State and two-time presidential candidate admitted she would “like to be president” as she revealed she would think about her political future following the November 6 elections.
When asked whether she wanted to run again, Ms Clinton said: “No, No,” before conceding “well I’d like to be president”.
Hillary Clinton, 71, then bizarrely appeared to recite her career experience, saying she felt “very well prepared” for the “work” that awaits a new Democratic president in 2020.
Midterm elections: Could Hillary Clinton run for President again?
10.30am update: Oprah throws her weight behind Georgia’s Stacey Abrams
The talk show superstar Oprah Winfrey has been knocking on doors to get voters behind the Democrat’s nominee for governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams.
Oprah, 64, gave a rousing speech to Democrat supporters ahead of next Tuesday’s vote in which she called Ms Abrams a “changemaker”.
Speaking to a mostly female audience north of downtown Atlanta, she said: “I am here today because Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter.
“I’m here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed.
“I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain.”
Also rallying behind Ms Abrams is former president Barack Obama and Hollywood names such as Will Ferrel and Mark Ruffalo.
READ MORE: Who is Stacey Abrams?
9.30am update: What do the latest polls show?
According to polling site FiveThirtyEight, which takes polls from various platforms and combines them to provide the most ‘probabilistic’ estimate, Democrats hold a good chance of taking the House of Representatives.
Current polls show the Democrats have an 85.3 percent chance of taking the House.
The Senate looks less hopeful for the Democrats, with only a 15.0 percent chance of taking control.
READ MORE: What do the midterms decide?
Midterm elections: This map shows the chance of each candidate winning in all 435 House districts
8.50am update: Oprah says ‘midterms are vital’
Speaking to Sky news at an event in Georgia, Oprah Winfrey said these elections “the most important thing people can do right now is use your power to vote in the midterms.”
The talk show host and stalwart of American television has been using her immense popularity to campaign for the Democrats.
8.20am update: Ivanka Trump joins the campaign trail
Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, made a surprise appearance in Iowa on Thursday night as she joined the campaign trail.
Campaigning with Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, Ivanka spoke to a crowded room at the Reynolds campaign headquarters.
Mr Reynolds is locked in a tight contest for Iowa with Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell.
READ MORE: Is Donald Trump DOOMED by this key factor?
Midterm elections: Trump waves to supporters during a campaign rally at Columbia Regional Airport
Midterm elections: Donald Trump supporters at a rally in Missouri
8am update: Record-breaking early voter turnout nearly doubles from 2014
Early voting, which is offered in most states as a means to make voting more convenient and avoid long queues, has seen a record turnout.
The 2014 midterms saw 12,938,596 total votes cast with six days before the elections, compared to 24,024,621 total votes cast by Wednesday.
These numbers are comparable to presidential elections, proving just how contentious and important these midterms are proving to be.
And the race is still wide open: Battleground states like Texas – where progressive candidates like Beto O’Rourke have threatened to unseat Republican incumbents like Ted Cruz – have seen record-level early voter turnout ahead of Election Day.
7.00am update: Young people could sway election
Early voting among young people in key US midterm battleground states has surged dramatically in the run up to the midterms on November 6.
Texas and Georgia, traditionally Republican-leaning states, have seen an increase in the early vote rate among 18 to 29-year-olds by nearly five times compared to 2014.
In Texas, young voter turnout is currently up 508 per cent.
While a national poll by the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government found 40 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds plan to “definitely vote” – double the 2014 figure.
And 66 percent of young voters polled said they would vote Democrat.