Joe Biden calls for US midterm voters to reject division – November 4, 2018

Former vice president Joe Biden has called on US voters to reject division, stating:

“We’re in a battle for America’s soul.”

“We Democrats have to make it clear who we are.”

“We choose hope over fear, we choose unity over division, we choose our allies over our enemies and we choose truth over lies.”

Joe biden - We choose hope over fear, we chose unity over division

Trump on the other hand has been warning voters of the implications a vote for Democrats may have. Trump is hoping that the Republican party can maintain control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Opinion polls give Democrats a strong chance of taking the 23 extra seats they need for a majority in the house of representatives, but the Republicans are predicted to keep the senate.

Early voting has been significantly ahead of where it usually would be in the days before the election.

By Friday night, almost 32.4 million people had cast their ballots, according to The Election Project at the University of Florida.

The total early vote in 2014 was 28.3 million in an election where more than 83 million Americans voted. That was a low turnout (about 36 percent) even by usual standards of a midterm.

Democratic and Republican analysts, along with independent political scientists, say turnout could approach 50 percent, levels not seen for a midterm since the turbulent 1960s.

Due the retirement of Republican Bob Corker the Seante seat in Tennessee is seeing very large levels of voter turnout. Through Thursday, early turnout was 217 percent of what it was in 2014. It’s even approaching early turnout from 2016, at 80 percent of that presidential-year mark.

Several other states with competitive Senate or governor’s races, including Texas, Nevada, Georgia — are nearing double the 2014 early totals.

In states that require party registration, Democrats have cast 41 percent of the early ballots, compared to 36 percent for Republicans.

At a rally in Montana, Trump claimed:

“The Democrats want to invite caravan after caravan to flood your communities, depleting our resources and flooding our nation.”

“We don’t want that.”

Trump told a crowd in Florida that if the Democrats won, they would bring socialism to the state and “erase America’s border”.

“We have to have a border if we are going to have a great country.”

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