With him or against him, Trump looms large over Election Day

People wait in line outside Mc Kenzie Arena in the early morning for a 7 p.m. rally by President Donald Trump Sunday Nov. 4 2018 in Chattanooga Tenn

Donald Trump and Barack Obama on campaign trail ahead of mid-term elections

"It's all about turnout", said Senator Chris Van Hollen, as Democrats wage what polls say is an uphill battle to win control of the Senate.

Some Republicans said they believe Trump has ignored the House, where Democrats are expected to reclaim control, to concentrate on the Senate, where the GOP is hoping to keep their majority.

"I think the majorities are so large that even if Democrats pick up a few seats, we'll probably see a Republican hold on the House and Senate, for sure", said Pappas.

Kevin Mack, the lead strategist for the group, said voters it had surveyed were more motivated by antipathy for Trump than anything else, and that Democrats remained too "risk-averse".

Notably absent from the midterm mayhem have been accusations of "Russian collusion", but never you fret: odds are that particular excuse will most certainly be dusted off by November 7. Let's say Democrats win them all.

At another campaign stop in Chicago, Obama talked more generally about Tuesday's vote, saying it might be the "most important election of our lifetimes". "But now it looks like we're going backwards, and I'm ashamed of where we're at in this country right now". At least as far as Google search surge is concerned, Trump has succeeded already.

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Just as in 2016, Democrats are more outspoken about how they're going to vote in the upcoming elections than Republicans and unaffiliated voters are.

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In Georgia and Tennessee on Sunday, Trump touted a humming economy, and in a message created to drive the Republican base to the polls, stoked fear of what a Democratic takeover of Congress would mean on cultural issues like immigration. But they also will be regarded as a verdict on the President's personal style, ranging from his language (welcome to some ears, intemperate to others), the symbolism he employs (refreshing to some eyes, racist to others), his bearing (bold to some minds, vulgar to others), his recasting of the country's political character (an overdue re-evaluation of US immigration policy to some, a rash of nativist fear to others), even his lifestyle (honest and unvarnished to some, tasteless and tawdry to others). To win a majority in the house, they need a net gain of 23 seats.

At the same time, he has sought to distance himself from any potential blame if Republicans lose control of the House. And traditionally, the party of the sitting President has been losing seats in midterm elections.

If you want to veer away from all the talking heads and go straight for the numbers ahead of polls, you can find a longlist of individual polls here or generic poll-of-polls for the House here and a similar curation for the Senate here.

How it would happen: The idea that we might continue to fundamentally misunderstand the country's political zeitgeist - combined with the 2016 election - mean there could be something completely unexpected. Some states could take weeks to announce the winners, especially where winners must get more than 50% of the vote.

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Problem two, those House investigations into the President and the White House would have some extra teeth with a Democratic Senate backing them up. DeWine has sought to garner support from Trump's wing of the GOP while maintaining ties with a moderate block aligned with the state's current governor, John Kasich - a frequent critic of Trump.

In the final stretch Trump has brought out special guests to join him on the campaign trail.

The biggest question in this scenario is whether Democrats would actually be able to get Beto O'Rourke across the finish line in Texas (where Democrats haven't won statewide in any race in a quarter-century) or pull an upset for the Tennessee open seat between Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R, and former governor Phil Bredesen, D, where the polling average has Blackburn up by five.

Obama lambasted the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, for his record on voting rights, while praising Abrams as the "most experienced, most qualified candidate in this race".

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