Trump and Obama make final push ahead of mid-term elections

Trump and Obama make final push ahead of mid-term elections

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Barack Obama are trying to whip up turnout in the last 48 hours of a mid-term election campaign.

Polls show dozens of U.S. congressional and gubernatorial races as too close to call.

The current and former presidents are still the most popular figures in their respective parties and their appearances are designed to stoke enthusiasm among core supporters in the late stages of a midterm congressional election widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first two years in the White House.

Opinion polls and election forecasters have made Democrats favorites on Tuesday to pick up the 23 seats they need to capture a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie Trump's legislative agenda and investigate his administration.

Republicans are favored to retain their slight majority in the U.S. Senate, currently at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve U.S. Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.

In the midst of a six-day national blitz of rallies ahead of Tuesday's election, Trump will appear in Georgia, home to one of the hottest governor's races in the country, and Tennessee, which hosts a vital U.S. Senate race.

In the final stages of the campaign, Trump has ramped up his hard-line rhetoric on immigration and cultural issues including warnings about a caravan of migrants headed to the border with Mexico and of liberal "mobs."

Ronna McDaniel, head of the Republican National Committee, said the media has chosen to focus on Trump's immigration rhetoric even though he also has talked about economic and job gains under his presidency.

The Labour Department on Friday reported sharply better-than-expected job creation in October, with the unemployment rate steady at a 49-year low of 3.7 percent and wages notching their best annual gain in almost a decade.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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