Washington, Nov 5: This is a big moment for US President Donald Trump since he took over the office in January 2017. It's almost near the middle of his term and the mercurial Republican president and his party could gauge the mood of the nation from the all-important mid-term elections set to be held on Tusday, November 6.
The question which is doing the round is: Will the Grand Old Party be able to dominate both the houses of the Congress or will the Democrats begin to make a comeback?
If history is to be seen, it is not that the president's party which does well in mid-term elections. In 2010, two years after Trump's predecessor Barack Obama came to power, the Democrats lost over 60 seats in the House.
The Opposition Democrats too have a tough task in hand for the November 6 elections. They need to win 23 seats held by the Republicans to wrest control and limit Trump's ability to act on some of his controversial election promises, like erecting the border wall with Mexico. A big loss would also be seen as a major blow to Trump who has spent a long time now campaigning for the GoP and targeting the Opposition over a plethora of issues.
About the polls: The mid-term polls could see election of African-American governors in as many as three states for the first time. Also, the elections have seen more women featuring than ever before.
The polling will end between 7 pm and 11 pm ET (IST=ET +10 hours 20 minutes) though in Alaska and Hawaii, it will be on till midnight ET.
The exit polls will come out as soon as polling closes. However, after seeing the actual result in the 2016 presidential election, the exit polls will be cautious before making the predictions. It will be Wednesday, November 7, before all results come out.
In 2014, it took two weeks for the state of California to announce the winners of two House polls. Also, the process is complicated in some states where the winner needs to get more than 50 per cent of the votes. If none gets it, the top two candidates enter a runoff and the people have to vote again.
In the state of Vermont, Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist would become the first ever transgender governor if she wins against Phil Scott.