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Voting begins in crucial midterm polls in US

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Voting began on Tuesday in the crucial midterm elections in the US which could be seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's controversial policies and the outcome would determine the next two years of his presidency.

Polling started in the eastern states including Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and at 6:00 am (local time), amidst last-ditch effort by

to retain majority in the of Representatives.

Americans would elect 435 members of the of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats, 36 governors' posts and seats in state legislatures across the country in the mid-term polls.

The currently has majority in both the and the and Trump and his team left no stone unturned to campaign in favour of his

According to political pundits, the Democrats have a good chance of winning the House, while the Republicans are likely to retain the

US - similar to India's Lok Sabha - has 435 seats, of which the Republicans in the current has 235 seats and the Democrats have 193.

Elections for all the members of the House are held every two years. The Republicans are expected to increase their tally in the 100-Senate seat where they already have a very thin majority.

During an election-eve rally in on Monday, Trump claimed that mid-term elections, which used to be "boring", have now become the "hottest thing" because of him, attributing voter turnout and to his presidency.

Addressing his supporters, he said, "The key is you have to go out to vote because in a sense I am on the ticket. You got to go out to vote."

On the eve of the mid-term elections, Democrats continue to hold a double-digit lead over Republicans in a generic congressional ballot among likely voters, according to a new Poll conducted by SSRS.

The party's 55 per cent to 42 per cent advantage in the new poll mirrors their lead in early October and is about the same as the 10-point edge they held just after

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 17:00 IST