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Coast to coast, candidates and big-name backers made final appeals to voters Monday in the final hours of a frenetic midterm election season, with Republicans buoyed by the prospect of winning back Congress and President Joe Biden insisting his party would “surprise the living devil” of many people.”

Democrats argue that Republican victories could profoundly and negatively reshape the country, eliminating abortion rights across the country and unleashing broad threats to the very future of American democracy. Republicans say the public is fed up with Biden policies amid high inflation and worries about crime.

“We know in our bones that our democracy is at risk,” Biden said during an evening rally in Maryland, where Democrats have one of their best chances to reclaim a Republican governorship. “I want you to know, we will meet in this moment.”

When he returned to the White House a short time later, Biden was more candid, saying, “I think we’re going to win the Senate. I think the House is tougher.” Asked what the reality of governing will be like, he replied: “Harder.”

The Maryland incident followed Biden’s late campaign strategy of largely sticking to his party’s strongholds rather than treading more competitive territory, where control of Congress could ultimately be decided. Biden won Maryland with more than 65% of the vote in 2020 and appeared with Wes Moore, the 44-year-old Rhodes Scholar who could become the state’s first black governor.

The president said at an earlier virtual event, “Imagine what we can do in a second term if we stay in control.”

Most political prognosticators don’t think Democrats will — and predict Tuesday’s results will have a major impact on the next two years of Biden’s presidency, shaping policy on everything from government spending to military aid to Ukraine.

In the first national election since the violent Capitol uprising on January 6, 2021, Democrats have sought to focus key races on fundamental questions about the nation’s political values.

The man at the center of most of the debate on Jan. 6, former President Donald Trump, was in Ohio for his final rally of the 2022 campaign — and already thinking about his own future in 2024. Ohio holds special meaning for him as he prepares for yet a race. for the White House. It was one of the first places where, two years ago, he was able to prove his staying power among Republican voters.

Trump’s endorsement of JD Vance in Ohio this year was instrumental in helping the author and venture capitalist — and former Trump critic — secure the GOP nomination for a Senate seat. He now faces Democrat Tim Ryan.

“When I think about tomorrow, it’s about making sure the American dream survives to the next generation,” Vance declared to thousands of cheering supporters, some wearing Trump 2024 hats and T-shirts, at Dayton International Airport.

While the GOP likes its chances of flipping the House, control of the Senate could come down to a handful of crucial races. These include Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania, where Democratic Governor John Fetterman was locked in a tight race against Republican celebrity surgeon Mehmet Oz.

“This is one of the most important races in America,” Fetterman told a crowd of about 100 Monday outside a union hall near a steel plate mill in Coatesville, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia. “Dr. Oz has spent over $27 million of his own money. But this chair is not for sale.”

In Georgia, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who was neck-and-neck with Republican Herschel Walker, tried to appear pragmatic — capable of succeeding in Washington even if the GOP has more power. Warnock pledged on Monday to “do whatever I need to do and work with whoever I need to work with to get good things done.”

Democratic Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona also tried to strike a moderate tone. He praised the state’s late Republican senator, John McCain, while noting that he did not ask Biden to campaign with him but would “welcome the president to come here any time.”

Kelly’s Republican rival, Blake Masters, called the senator “just a rubber stamp vote for Joe Biden’s failed agenda.”

“You look at what Biden and Mark Kelly are doing. It’s like they’re so incompetent, or are they trying to destroy the country?” said Masters. ‘I think it’s both.’

Elon Musk, whose purchase of Twitter has rocked the social media world, used that platform Monday to endorse the GOP, writing: “I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given the presidency is Democratic.”

The 2014 congressional elections continue to shape the judiciary in ways that influence decisions to this day.

It came too late for more than 41 million Americans who had already cast early ballots. Biden, meanwhile, wasn’t all positive on the campaign’s final day. He has spent weeks warning against extremism and also said on Monday: “We are facing some of the darkest forces we have ever seen in our history.”

“These MAGA Republicans are a different breed of cat,” he said, referring to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan. Biden also raised concerns about voter intimidation during the midterms, even suggesting that some people were outside polling stations with assault rifles. .

The president was expected to watch Tuesday night’s returns from the White House.

Trump has long falsely claimed that he lost the 2020 election only because Democrats cheated, and he has begun raising the possibility of voter fraud this year. Many Republican candidates across the country continue to cling to his election denial, even as federal intelligence agencies warn of the possibility of political violence from the far right.

Threats can also come from abroad, as they have in previous races. Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin with ties to the Kremlin admitted on Monday that he had interfered in US elections and that he would continue to do so.

None of that has deterred Trump from hinting that he might announce a third presidential candidate at any time. He even teased that it might come at the rally with Vance on Monday night — and then offered a pretty standard campaign speech.

“If you want to stop the destruction of our country and save the American dream, tomorrow you have to vote Republican in a giant red wave that we’ve all heard about,” Trump said. He also went after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying. , “I think she’s an animal” just days after her husband, Paul, was severely beaten by an attacker in the couple’s San Francisco home.

First lady Jill Biden appeared with her husband in Maryland but also campaigned earlier Monday for Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton in northern Virginia. It could be an early indicator of GOP midterm strength if Wexton’s seat flips against her Republican challenger, Hung Cao.

The first lady told about 100 people outside a home in Ashburn, about 30 miles from Washington, that the race could come down to a narrow margin of votes. And she warned that in Congress, a “Republican majority will attack women’s rights and health care.”

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