“No specific credible threats” against Americans on Election Day, White House says
People line up to vote at a polling place on November 8, 2022 in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, United States.
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The White House assured the safety of voters on Election Day, saying it has not heard of any “specific credible threats.”
“Law enforcement has advised us that there are no specific credible threats at this time,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a White House press briefing on Monday. “Americans need to feel safe going to the polls. It’s important for Americans to do that.”
President Joe Biden has repeatedly condemned threats of political violence ahead of the midterm elections and in the wake of the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi.
“It remains important for the president to say strongly and unequivocally that violence has no place in our democracy,” Jean-Pierre said, adding that Biden believes leaders of both parties have a duty to communicate that.
Midterms usually do not favor the incumbent party
US President Joe Biden is flanked by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the Hall of Columns as he arrives to mark the one-year anniversary of the attack on the United States on January 6, 2021. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, January 6, 2022.
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Although President Joe Biden has asked voters to think of the upcoming election as an “election” rather than a “referendum,” midterms have historically been a referendum on the party in power.
That doesn’t bode well for Democrats, who control the presidency and both houses of Congress. Former President George W. Bush was the exception to the trend. Political analysts attribute the GOP gains in the House to the unifying effect of the 9/11 attacks.
Here’s how the parties of recent presidents have fared in the U.S. House in the midterm races held in their first terms:
- Bill Clinton: Democrats lost 54 seats
- Bush: The Republicans won 8 seats
- Barack Obama: Democrats lost 63 seats
- Donald Trump: Republicans lost 41 seats
Biden approval rating at 44%, voters slightly prefer Democrats to control Congress in NBC poll
US President Joe Biden speaks on the economy at ViaSat, a US technology company, in Carlsbad, California on November 4, 2022
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Biden’s approval rating is at 44% heading into Election Day, according to a poll released Sunday by NBC News.
That puts him in the same position as former presidents Donald Trump (46%) and Barack Obama (45%) in the final NBC News/WSJ poll taken before the midterm elections.
The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points among likely voters, found that 48% preferred Democrats to control Congress and 47% preferred Republicans. That’s a reversal from October, when 48% of likely voters preferred Republicans and 47% preferred Democrats in the NBC News poll. Both are within the margin of error.
Polls open for voters in the Midwest, mountainous regions of the country
A voter drops his ballot into a drop box at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 7, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Voters in the center of the country began going to the polls at 7 a.m. ET in Missouri and lined up to vote from 8 a.m. ET in Arizona, both at 6.00 local time.
The races between Democratic senatorial candidate Trudy Busch Valentine and Republican rival Eric Schmitt in Missouri and incumbent Democratic senator Mark Kelly and Republican senatorial candidate Blake Masters in Arizona are big to watch in those states.
The polling stations also open at 8 a.m. ET in Wisconsin (7 a.m. local time), with Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson running against Democratic candidate and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.
Voters will choose between Republican incumbent Mike Lee or independent Evan McMullin for U.S. Senate in Utah, starting at 9:00 a.m. ET (7 a.m. local time).
– Chelsey Cox
Trump suggests he will announce presidential candidacy November 15
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Dayton International Airport on Nov. 7, 2022, in Vandalia, Ohio.
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Former President Donald Trump said Monday night that he will make a “big announcement” on Nov. 15 at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he is widely expected to launch his 2024 presidential campaign.
“I’m going to make a very big announcement on Tuesday, November 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida,” Trump said at a Save America rally in Vandalia, Ohio on the eve of the midterm elections.
Trump is eager to jump-start his third presidential run, and staff talks have picked up significantly in recent weeks. An early list of potential top assistants has already been leaked.
Trump’s line about Nov. 15 came near the end of a more than 90-minute speech for GOP candidate JD Vance in Ohio. Instead of focusing on Vance, the former president lashed out at Democrats, judges who have ruled unfavorably in cases against his family, running U.S. airports and, above all, President Joe Biden.
A Trump spokesman did not respond to a request from CNBC to confirm that his Nov. 15 event will be a campaign launch.
As Trump moves closer to formally launching the 2024 presidential campaign, polls show him enjoying unprecedented support among Republican voters.
Trump would also enter the race with more than $60 million in cash held by his leadership PAC, Save America, and a terrific little fundraising operation that soaks up online donations from the Republican base.
— Christina Wilkie
Polling stations open for voters along the east coast
A man arrives to cast his vote during early voting for the midterm elections at the Smyrna Community Center in Smyrna, Georgia, on November 4, 2022.
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Voters can go to the polls as soon as 6 ET in Virginia and as early as 6 ET in New Hampshire, with North Carolina and Ohio following close behind at 6 p.m. 6:30 ET.
The polling stations open at 7 a.m. ET for voters in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Big races to watch in these states are the showdown between incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Rep. Val Demings in Florida for the US Senate. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is also running against controversial Republican incumbent Herschel Walker in Georgia, and incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is taking on Republican Tudor Dixon for Michigan governor.
– Chelsey Cox