Trump presidency faces high stakes in midterm elections

President Donald Trump appeared to distance himself from the fate of House Republican candidates Sunday as he devotes his final two days before Tuesday's midterm elections to helping Senate and gubernatorial candidates.

Beyond the Southern battlegrounds, Trump's schedule was focused on turning out Republican voters in states he won in 2016 where the GOP hopes to knock off incumbent Democratic senators.

"All that work that we've done is going to pay off and we're going to be thanking these people again and really our constituents in the 2nd District", Walorski said.

Republicans are bracing for a likely loss of seats in the House of Representatives but are favored to hold on to the Senate.

Turnout for midterm elections is traditionally lower than in presidential years, but the results could have dramatic implications for the United States, and in particular for Trump's legislative agenda.

As first reported by the Daily Beast, the Indiana Democratic Party on Thursday began purchasing Facebook ads attacking Donnelly's Republican challenger, Mike Braun, as being insufficiently conservative on taxes and government spending.

"You saw that barbed wire going up".

Pop star Taylor Swift urged voters to back Mr. Bredesen, though Mr. Trump responded in kind late Sunday, opening his rally in Chattanooga with country star Lee Greenwood, who performed his "God Bless the USA" - a staple at Trump rallies. "Vote for the Democrat".

This time, Trump called out, "Out! Out!"

"This is a very important election", he added.

"But you better get out and vote", he said. This election has found some particularly craven members of the GOP vowing to protect people with pre-existing conditions even as they attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the very law that prevents insurer discrimination against the ill. He received similar applause when promoting the economy, unemployment numbers and judicial appointments. "But I have never seen such an enthusiastic Republican Party".

Some Democrats and critics of the president have long implied records would show Trump is not worth as much as he claims.

"I think I've made a difference of five or six or seven". But a narrowed majority would also exacerbate divisions over policy - and continued unified control could leave the GOP facing the blame for gridlock. He visited Montana on Saturday and Tennessee on Sunday; on Monday, he'll stop in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.

Trump's potential 2020 Democratic rivals were on the campaign trail Sunday as well. President Trump is expected to speak just after 6 p.m.

The previous year, Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver, the widows of Detective Michael Davis and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, were invited to Trump's address to Congress. Bracamontes' case - he was sentenced to death in March - also received steady coverage on Breitbart and other right-wing news sites.

On the flip side, if Republicans maintain control of the House and Senate, that's note only a victory for the GOP, but a validation of Trump's brand of politics and his unconventional presidency. In fact, a Trump campaign statement earlier in the day noted that the president "will be pleased" to have Greenwood perform in person.

Obama told supporters in Gary, "Don't be hoodwinked. That was a surprise".

  • Rogelio Becker