Tomorrow, the U.S. will be going to the election polls. However, this time it won’t be to elect a president but to elect the Two Houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The U.S. citizens will have the chance to either voice their content or discontent, as they make their way to the polls. In recent weeks, many topics have overshadowed debates and might spell trouble for the Republican party, those include Birthright Citizenship, The Migrant Caravan, and the Mail Bomber.
Currently, Republicans hold both houses of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate. But experts are suggesting that the Democrats might be taking control from them in either or both branches which spell big trouble for the U.S. president who is already having a hard time with putting out bills.
The Timing of Results:
People will take to the polls across the 50 states from 1 pm GMT on Tuesday, November 6, with polls closing from midnight GMT onwards. Below are the last polling times for each state.
- Midnight GMT: Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia
- 00:30 GMT: North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia
- 01:00 GMT: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee
- 01:30 GMT: Arkansas
- 02:00 GMT: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming
- 03:00 GMT: Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Utah
- 04:00 GMT: California, Hawaii, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington
- 06:00 GMT: Alaska
House of Representatives:
The Republican Party currently controls the chamber with a 43-seat majority, but it is widely expected that the Democrats will gain control in the upcoming election. The current House has 236 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with six vacant seats.
The Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats to win a majority, which is no small accomplishment, but the president’s low approval ratings have given the party reason to hope.
The US Senate writes and passes laws but has a number of other powers and responsibilities, from ratifying treaties with other countries to overseeing investigations of officials and public bodies.
Senators have six-year terms and just 35 seats are up for re-election. Most of these are currently held by Democrats, making it hard for them to make gains.
President’s Approval Rating:
Mid-term elections tend to act as a referendum on the president and that’s usually bad news for the party that controls the White House.
Of the 21 mid-terms that have been held since 1934, the president’s party has only made gains in the House three times and in the Senate five times.
The president’s approval rating is a good indicator for how his party will do and President Trump’s has been low since he entered office – it is currently hovering around 42%.
For comparison, President Obama’s was at 45% before the 2010 mid-terms in which the Democrats saw some of the biggest electoral losses in US history.
Generic ballot polling, which tracks which party voters say they will back, doesn’t offer much reassurance to Republicans either. It currently shows the Democrats up by about 8 percentage points.