The crucial vote is the biggest test of Donald Trump’s presidency as Democrats seek to wrest back control of the House and the Senate from Republicans
America has gone to the polls in the midterm elections – the biggest test of Donald Trump’s presidency since he took office nearly two years ago.
The weeks leading up to the crucial vote has seen the US marred by pipe bombs, a politically charged mass shooting and a caravan of immigrants heading towards the border.
For many, today is the day of reckoning for the divisive president and early indications show these midterms could have one of the biggest turnouts by voters in decades.
Despite not being on the ballot, the president has sought to put himself front and centre.
“I’m not on the ticket, but I am on the ticket because this is also a referendum about me,” he told his supporters in Southaven, Mississippi.
“I want you to vote. Pretend I’m on the ballot.”
TRUMP SAID HE WILL BE IMPEACHED IF DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE HOUSE
The Democrats, with Barack Obama active in the campaign, appear poised to win the House of Representatives popular vote by a wide margin, as polls show sustained disapproval of Trump.
And yet the fate of the chamber is not a foregone conclusion.
Like the 2016 presidential election, though the Democrats could acquire more votes, if they are not gained in the right areas Trump could see his Teflon Don nickname remain intact.