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Mid-term elections 2018: Polls open on East Coast


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Updated06/11/18  
BBC
Americans have begun voting in nationwide elections that are being seen as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency.
Polling stations opened on the East Coast amid a battle by both Republicans and Democrats to take control of the two houses of Congress.
Governor posts and seats in state legislatures are also up for grabs.
The mid-term elections come half way through Mr Trump's four years in office and follow a divisive campaign.
Mr Trump attended three rallies on the final day of campaigning, telling his supporters: "Everything we have achieved is at stake tomorrow."
Barack Obama - on the campaign trail for the Democratic party - said "the character of our country is on the ballot". The former president tweeted the vote "might be the most important of our lifetimes".
Voter turnout is expected to be high.
Polls opened first in the East Coast states of Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia.
Americans are voting for all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of 100 seats in the Senate - the two bodies that make up Congress. Governors are also being chosen in 36 out of 50 states.
If Republicans maintain their hold on both the Senate and the House of Representatives, they could build on their agenda and that of President Trump.
But if the Democrats wrest control of one or both chambers, they could stymie or even reverse Mr Trump's plans.
Pollsters suggest Democrats may win the 23 seats they need to take over the House of Representatives, and possibly 15 or so extra seats.
However, the Democrats are expected to fall short of the two seats they need to win control of the Senate.

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