Poll finds record-high interest ahead of midterms in US


Electoral victory hinges in the 13 battleground states of Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin…reports Asian Lite News

Beyond the horse race numbers and the sky-high interest in the November 8 US midterm elections, what stands out in the poll is the bipartisan anger among Democratic and Republican voters, a recent poll has found.

Moreover, “80 per cent of Democrats and Republicans believe the political opposition poses a threat that, if not stopped, will destroy America as we know it”, NBC news reported, citing its new national poll results.

And two-thirds of reliable Democratic and Republican voters say they would still support their party’s political candidate, even if that person had a moral failing that was not consistent with their own values.

According to the poll, 47 per cent of registered voters say they prefer Democrats to control Congress, while 46 per cent want a Republican-controlled Congress — essentially unchanged from last month, when the parties were tied at 46 per cent.

This week, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found that half of Americans believe voter fraud is a widespread problem, even though such cases are extremely rare.

According to CBS News, out of 595 Republicans running for state-wide office, just over half, 306, have raised doubts about the 2020 presidential election.

In the upcoming elections, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested.

Thirty-nine state and territorial gubernatorial elections, as well as numerous other state and local elections, will be contested.

The results will determine the 118th US Congress.

In the Senate, the Democrats and Republicans split 50:50 with Vice President Kamala Harris holding the edge for the Democrats with her tie breaking vote.

In the House, Democrats have a wafer-thin majority of 220 seats and Republicans 212, with three seats vacant.

Electoral victory hinges in the 13 battleground states of Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Joe Biden and Barack Obama( https://www.instagram.com/p/CkgtSJgpIoR/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=)

Dems wheel out heavy artillery Obama  

Despite former President Barack Obamas repeated entreaties to the electorate, the polarisation in favour of Donald Trump in the upcoming midterms appears overwhelming. Obama is like the Democrats rolling out the heavy artillery to prevent a return of once beleaguered Trump whose fortunes are on an upswing.

Common folk are upset with a weak White House helmed by Biden and are seeking the return of a tougher and more decisive Trump. My taxi driver was hugely upset with economic tumult plaguing the country. As he said, America needs to redefine itself again, only Trump can set the nation on that path, gun violence is a rampant issue, as is abortion, even as the economy is caught in a maelstrom.

Obama is criss-crossing Arizona against a backdrop high energy and food prices, even as the yield on the two-year US Treasury note climbed to its highest level since July 2007 on Thursday as markets weighed the Federal Reserve’s fourth consecutive 75 basis point rate hike and warnings of more increases ahead. In many ways, it is a triple witching hour in the US – potentially on the cusp of a recession, a fragile White House and a extraordinarily spike in inflation even as unemployment data is expected later today. This comes at a time when consumer price index print is expected next week which can only compound the slowdown.

The Washington Post reported that Obama was on the campaign trail in Arizona when he was called out by a heckler in the crowd and swiftly spun it into a broader messaging opportunity about the country’s increasingly toxic political landscape. Democracy is in danger is the underlying message being spun out by the Democrats — President Joe Biden, now mirrored by Obama.

The irony was that Obama on Wednesday told a heckler at a Phoenix campaign event to “set up your own rally” after the individual shouted and interrupted his speech.

ABC news added that Obama continued his crisscrossing of midterm election battlegrounds Wednesday in Arizona — hoping to turn out voters so Democrats can hold the Senate and keep election deniers out of office.

“Our democracy is on the ballot, and nowhere is that clearer than here in Arizona,” Obama said.

A crowd of thousands, of all ages and races, packed inside the Cesar Chavez High School in Laveen Village, held up their phones and stomped their feet as the former President delivered a roast and a warning on what he called the Republican “cast of characters” on the ballot in Arizona.

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