US Election Day 2018 : Election Day in the United States of America is the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. It can fall on or between November 2 and November 8. Democrats and Republicans battle for control over House and Senate We’re tracking the major U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial races in California and across the country United States Congress elections, 2018. A total of 468 seats in the U.S. Congress (33 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) are up for election on November 6, 2018. Heading into the election, the Republican Party holds a 52 seat majority in the Senate.
New York Times journalists are reporting from around the country as candidates make their final pitches to the voters who will help reshape the United States for the next two years.
Storms are expected to hit much of the Eastern United States on Tuesday, which could depress turnout in some places.
A strong cold front could cause rain and wind anywhere along the Eastern Seaboard, from the Florida Panhandle all the way up to Maine, said Tim Loftus, a data scientist and meteorologist at AccuWeather.
Multiple studies have shown that bad weather on Election Day can decrease turnout, which in turn tends to help Republicans, because the groups most likely to be deterred from voting are those that tend to vote Democratic.
A federal judge in Gainesville ruled that Duval County, home to Jacksonville, should have posted sample ballots in Spanish at early polling stations, as mandated for 32 Florida counties by a court decision in September. Late Sunday, the advocacy group LatinoJustice PRLDEF sued after learning the samples had not been provided in Duval.
By then, it was too late to make a difference — no early polls were open on Monday — but the county elections supervisor, Mike Hogan, plans to post the ballots in precincts on Election Day, according to court documents.
In Miami-Dade County, some people waited in a long line during the final hours of early voting on Sunday after ballot-printing machines malfunctioned. At one point, preprinted ballots ran out and more had to be driven in from elsewhere, according to the county elections department. Volunteers offered voters pizza.
Long lines in the 2012 election caused national embarrassment for Miami-Dade, which has since redrawn voting precincts and equipped sites better to prepare for crowds. But the 2018 ballot is still some eight pages long.
Broward County is also on notice for Tuesday. State officials will monitor voting there after a court ruling in May that found the office of the county’s elections supervisor, Brenda Snipes, illegally destroyed some ballots from a 2016 congressional race.
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — For all the talk about small government in Texas, it sure has a lot of them — 254 counties, the most of any state in the nation.
Representative Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso Democrat trying to thwart Senator Ted Cruz’s re-election, has been to all 254, as everyone in Texas knows by now. It’s a staple of his speeches and the focus of a new campaign ad, titled “On the Road Again” and featuring Willie Nelson.
But it’s hard for non-Texans to appreciate the enormity of such a feat. The state consumes more than 260,000 square miles, making it nearly twice the size of Germany. Most Texas politicians don’t even bother trying to visit all the counties because of the time, travel and cost, let alone the ratio between energy expended and votes won.
The congressman’s smallest town hall was probably the one in Dickens County, near Lubbock. The population of Dickens County: about 2,200. The population of Mr. O’Rourke’s event at J & M Caprock Cafe: about 8.
CLEVELAND — Mike DeWine, the Republican nominee for governor in Ohio, has tried not to talk much about President Trump in the lead-up to the election.
Although Mr. Trump carried this bellwether state in 2016 by eight points — after former President Barack Obama won the state twice — Mr. DeWine has focused much more on local issues like the expansion of Medicaid and the work force than on the president. On Friday, he campaigned with the departing governor, John Kasich, a Republican who has been outspoken about his distaste for Mr. Trump.
But on Monday afternoon, Mr. Trump and Mr. DeWine appeared together on stage at rally here at the International Exposition Center, near the airport. (“I believe I’m going to win,” Mr. DeWine said in a brief interview on Sunday, by way of explanation. “And it would be important for me as governor to have a good relationship with the president.”)
Whether Mr. Trump’s presence would actually carry Mr. DeWine to victory over Richard Cordray, a Democrat, is unclear. Political analysts still view the governor’s race in Ohio as a tossup.
In the hours before the rally, a mostly tranquil crowd of Trump supporters, wearing red hats and all manner of Trump pins, trickled into the hall.
Sitting on the floor near the front was Jewel Kingsley, 35, sporting a lip ring and two pins with Mr. Trump’s face on them.
“I don’t like Mike DeWine,” she said, as a rally volunteer shooed a reporter away from the aisle. “But I’m going to vote for him.”
She described Mr. DeWine as the lesser of two evils. “I hate him,” she said, “but I hate Democrats more.”
As Mr. Trump began his remarks, he lamented that thousands of people were waiting outside the exposition center. “Should we invite them in?” he asked the large crowd inside, which yelled its approval.