Trump and Obama on the campaign trail ahead of midterm elections

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Agencia EFE Washington, DC, USA Nov 05, 2018, 10.30 AM (IST)

The President of the United States acknowledged on Sunday that his priority in the legislative elections on Tuesday is the Senate, in an attempt to disassociate himself from the possible loss of Republican control in the House of Representatives, which the opposition Democrats have a good chance of regaining.

Two days before the elections, Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama returned to lead the campaign of their respective parties, the Republican and the Democrats, while hundreds of candidates for federal, state and local positions increased their efforts to get Americans out to vote.

"If the radical resistance (of the Democrats) takes power, they will move immediately to reverse America's progress and to eradicate all of the gains that we have made," Trump warned at his first out of the two rallies of the day in Macon, Georgia, before moving to Tennessee.

Obama, for his part, presented Tuesday's elections as "the most important" of his life, and stressed that "America is at a crossroads."

"There is a contest of ideas that is going on, about who we are and what kind of country we are going to be. The character of our nation is on the ballot," Obama said at a rally in Chicago, Illinois.

In the midterm elections, the 435 seats of the House of Representatives will be renewed plus one-third of the 100-seat Senate, as well as more than thirty governorships and hundreds of state and local public offices.

The polls paint a favorable picture for Democrats in the lower chamber, where they need to win 23 seats to recover a majority that the Republicans have held since 2011.

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The polls paint a favorable picture for Democrats in the lower chamber, where they need to win 23 seats to recover a majority that the Republicans have held since 2011.