Trump is sending up to 15,000 US troops to the border to stave off a caravan of migrants slowly making its way through southern Mexico, hundreds of miles from the border.
Donald Trump's whirlwind campaign hit three states yesterday in the final effort to stop Democrats from breaking his Republicans' stranglehold on Congress in midterms elections seen as a referendum on the most divisive U.S. president in decades. This happened in 2012, when Democrats in House races received almost 1.5 million more votes than Republicans, with the Republicans nonetheless winning a majority of the seats (by a margin of 234-201).
The Democrats are favoured by election forecasters to pick up the 23 seats they need to gain a majority in the House, but opinion polls show they have slimmer hopes of picking up the two seats they need to gain control of the Senate.
A Democratic victory in the House would further hinder the border wall plan and complicate congressional approval of a deal to update the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Bob Menendez, 64, a Democrat from New Jersey who has served in the Senate since 2006, could also be in trouble after facing corruption charges. It is also similar to the ratings for former President Obama in the 2010 midterm election, in which Republicans captured majority control from Democrats. Mr Trump told the rally crowd in Macon, Georgia.
"One day Trump will be gone, but all those who were OK with his bigoted and misogynistic statements will still be here, and they are an even bigger problem".
Georgia: Republican nominee Brian Kemp has made a hacking allegation against the Democrats. He can't remember ever voting for a Democrat but said he might this time in protest. Democrats are defending 10 Senate seats in states Trump carried in 2016.
But a win is not necessarily in the bag, he cautioned.
But with turnout a key unknown factor and pollsters still unsure about the effect of Trump's maverick style on voters, both parties admit that they may be in for nasty surprises.
He pointed out that the drama in the governor's race this year was during the primary between Newsom and fellow Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, with Cox seen as a longshot from the start.
Jackson is seeking a second eight-year term but got waylaid by the late entry of another registered Republican, Raleigh attorney Chris Anglin. But noticeably absent on ballots were more Republican women. "As a matter of fact, it's the only way that many of our candidates are going to win". Both took office with full party control of Congress and both lost it.
Michael Gregoire marched along a downtown sidewalk in the tense days before the midterm elections, waving a hand-painted sign at passing traffic: "DEFEAT REPUBLICANS 2018".
Democrats considering a run for the presidency say they will decide how to proceed after Tuesday's election.
In fact, since the early 1960s, the president's party has nearly always lost House seats in the midterm elections. "It's an awakening of the Democratic Party".
Stirring fear of foreigners and trumpeting American nationalism worked for the real estate billionaire in his 2016 election victory against the Democrats' establishment candidate Hillary Clinton. Floridians who do not like Trump will certainly vote for Nelson.
"I don't care. They can do whatever they want, and I can do whatever I want", Trump said as he deplaned in IN for his second rally of the day.
The media were going to cast it as a referendum on his presidency regardless, and he embraced that notion, saying he was practically on the ballot, nationalizing the contests around such issues as immigration and spending the final weeks in a blitz of interviews and campaign rallies.
The issue is now grabbing global headlines, as a migrant caravan of thousands is heading through Mexico toward the United States. Trump's 53% approval in IN underperforms his more than 57% support there in 2016.
But Beto O´Rourke, a charismatic Democrat in a closely watched bid to dethrone Republican Ted Cruz in Texas, told voters that Trump was wrong, describing his state as built from "immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees".
The past week has seen Trump make a number of stops in several USA states including Missouri. "Remember, we now have perhaps the greatest Economy (JOBS) in the history of our Country!" he tweeted yesterday before setting off for the furious final round of campaigning. Florida is the third-most populous state but, unlike Texas, it has not voted consistently with one party or the other.
Galdieri said that Trump's campaign took off back in 2015 "because of the hard line he took on immigration - that led him to the GOP nomination and to a win in the electoral college".
Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether this tactic will help GOP candidates.
Four GOP seats in Orange County, including two where the incumbent Republicans retired, were in play, along with three other seats to the north beyond Los Angeles and into the Central Valley.