Americans Vote in Key Election for US President

Washington, Americans have begun voting in

nationwide elections that are being seen as a referendum on Donald

Trump’s presidency.

Polling stations opened on the East Coast amid a battle by both

Republicans and Democrats to take control of the two houses of

Congress.

Governor posts and seats in state legislatures are also up for

grabs.

The mid-term elections come half way through President Trump’s

four years in office and follow a divisive campaign.

Voter turnout is expected to be high.

Polls opened first in the East Coast states of Maine, New

Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.

President Trump attended three rallies on the final day of

campaigning, telling his supporters: “Everything we have achieved is at

stake tomorrow”.

Barack Obama on the campaign trail for the Democratic party

said “The character of our country is on the ballot”. The former

president tweeted the vote “might be the most important of our

lifetimes”.

Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House of

Representatives and 35 of 100 seats in the Senate – the two bodies

that make up Congress. Governors are also being chosen in 36 out of

50 states.

If Republicans maintain their hold on both the Senate and the

House of Representatives, they could build on their agenda and that of

President Trump.

But if the Democrats wrest control of one or both chambers, they

could stymie or even reverse President Trump’s plans.

Pollsters suggest Democrats may win the 23 seats they need to

take over the House of Representatives, and possibly 15 or so extra

seats.

However, the Democrats are expected to fall short of the two

seats they need to win control of the Senate, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency