Polling started in the eastern states including Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia at 6:00 am (local time), amidst last-ditch effort by President Donald Trump to retain a majority in the House of Representatives.
"Even though I'm not on the ballot, in a certain way I am on the ballot", Trump said during a tele-town hall organized by his re-election campaign Monday to encourage Republicans to get out and vote. "If Jeff Flake challenges Trump, we're in for a very interesting scenario in which it's possible for an as-yet-unnamed Democrat to come through simply because of a split in the right in the Republican Party". We need to get better trade deals with our friends around the world. "It's all fragile", he said on the call. (Although early voting prior to Election Day was up, the turnout numbers don't necessarily reveal how constituents voted).
Democrats are predicted to take the House of Representatives, while Republicans are expected to keep a majority in the Senate.
Either way, election watchers who want to see which party wins control of Congress probably won't be going to bed early tonight.
"We are not them".
Trump encouraged voters to view the first nationwide election of his presidency as a referendum on his leadership, pointing proudly to the surging economy at recent rallies.
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Trump, whose approval ratings are mired in the low 40s, has vowed to his supporters at every rally they will "win, win, win".
"This is probably the most important election in the past 100 years".
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"I feel less comfortable making a prediction today than I have in two decades", Republican pollster Frank Luntz said.
Tuesday's elections will also test the strength of a Trump-era political realignment defined by evolving divisions among voters by race, gender and especially education.
"I think we're going to do well in the House", he said of Tuesday's races. "But I can tell you I would not be calling Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the GBI unless we had information that we needed them to look at".
He said he's felt an extraordinary level of enthusiasm for this election among his fellow students.
Given Trump's stunning victory in 2016, few were confident in their predictions.
Republicans have privately encouraged the president to back off, to no avail. "But I have never seen such an enthusiastic Republican Party".
Critics within the Republicans have lambasted the president for politicising the armed forces, which have been deployed to the country's southern borders to prevent, what has been termed a "caravan" of immigrants, from entering the United States. "Because, man, they gave a lot of people a lot of reasons to be mad", he said. Hoeppner didn't respond but thought to herself that her ancestors arrived legally.
It is likely that there will be a good idea of how the election is turning out during the early hours of Wednesday morning, but the full set of results could take days or even weeks depending on if there are any complications.
Many Democratic candidates in tight races shied away from harsh criticism of Trump, focusing instead on bread-and-butter issues like maintaining health insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions and safeguarding the Social Security retirement and Medicare healthcare programs for senior citizens. Fox News personality Sean Hannity and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh will also be appearing at the Missouri rally, Trump's re-election campaign announced Sunday.