Midterm Election Live Updates: Democrats, Republicans Project Optimism on Home Front

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With a day before the November 8 election, both Democratic and Republican leaders showed confidence and optimism as they headed for the final stretch.

Politicians from President Joe Biden to former Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton visited spots on both coasts to rally their party supporters and try to persuade the remaining undecided voters to get on their side of the aisle.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, predicted Sunday that the House Democrats campaign arm said Democrats will retain control of the House, despite speculation and projects that Republicans will regain control.

“We’re going to keep this majority,” Maloney told NBC News’ Chuck Todd. “Because our candidates have real plans, they will do better than people think on Tuesday evening.”

Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel thought otherwise, telling CNN’s Dana Bash that Republicans will take both the House and Senate.

“I think we’re going to take back the House and the Senate,” McDaniel said.

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President Joe Biden speaks at a meeting for New York government Kathy Hochul and other state Democrats on Nov. 6, 2022 in Yonkers, New York. Hochul will face Republican Lee Zeldin in Tuesday’s general election.

Biden punches in New York

With enthusiasm for New York Republicans, President Joe Biden came to Yonkers Sunday night to stumble for Administration Kathy Hochul and New York’s Democratic ticket just 36 hours before polls opened on Nov. 8.

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It comes at a particularly dangerous time for New York’s governing Democrats, who control all offices statewide, have a majority in the state assembly and the Senate, and hold 21 of New York’s 29 seats in Congress. They are on the defensive, with Republicans entering a state where Democrats are outpacing them 2-to-1 in party records.

He called on the students to vote, to preserve American democracy.

“You are the most educated, the least prejudiced, you are the most engaged generation,” he said. “If you come to vote, democracy will stand.”

– David McKay Wilson and Erin Nolan, Rockland/Westchester Journal News

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Trump demonstrates for Rubio in Miami

Former President Trump repeatedly praised Senator Marco Rubio at a rally in Miami, saying he is “tough” and “smart” and “a true conservative warrior who gets the job done.”

Trump named his opponent, Rep. Val Demings, a “radical Democrat.”

Rubio told Trump and the crowd how important the election was to Miami, and insisted on what he said in campaign ads and in campaign speeches: that Democrats and Demings, if elected, would bring socialism to South Florida and the nation.

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“This is a community of people who lost their (home)land – they saw the destruction of countries, the nation of their birth,” he said. “They saw what socialism and communism and Marxism can do, and they will not lose this country.”

“Like so many Americans, they love America, but if you know what life is like elsewhere, you’ll fight to save it,” he said.

Trump followed, saying, “I wish I’d said that. That was really good. He’s a great guy.”

– USA TODAY Network-Florida

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a "Save America"  rally in support of Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., ahead of the midterm elections at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition in Miami, Florida, on Nov. 6, 2022.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a “Save America” ​​rally in support of Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., ahead of the midterm elections at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition in Miami, Florida, on Nov. 6, 2022.

Rubio says he will win big in Florida

Senator Marco Rubio predicted on Sunday he would win the U.S. Senate race against Democrat Val Demings with a strong GOP voter turnout, warning Republican voters not to pay heed to the latest polls showing him and Republican administration Ron DeSantis with huge margins against their opponents.

“The only thing that I think can save the Democrats here in Florida right now is if the Republicans decide to stay home because they see the poll numbers and think it’s no longer competitive,” Rubio told TBEN News host Trey. gowdy. during his show “Sunday night in America”. “Then we would make it competitive by not showing up.”

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– Sergio Bustos, USA Today Network-Florida Enterprise/Politics Editor

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a rally outside Las Vegas on behalf of U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and other Democratic candidates in the 2022 midterm elections.

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a rally outside Las Vegas on behalf of U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and other Democratic candidates in the 2022 midterm elections.

Clinton punches Cortez Masto in Vegas

Speaking to a crowd of union workers a few miles east of the Las Vegas strip, former President Bill Clinton ticked off the issues he says are top priorities for many voters: inflation, unemployment and gas prices.

But he said fear of short-term pain shouldn’t drive elections, and criticized Republican candidates and voters he “now” called people who wouldn’t look beyond their own immediate desires.

“This is not rocket science. And I’ve reached the age where I care most about the world my grandchildren live in,” said Clinton, 76. “You don’t have to reward the ‘now’ people who are going to make it worse.”

– Trevor Hughes

Georgia is not a ‘lost cause’, says civil rights leader

As Democrats try to block a predicted “red wave” for Republicans on Tuesday, Georgia will once again be in the spotlight.

In the gubernatorial race, Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams follows Republican incumbent Brian Kemp, who has a comfortable lead in most public polls. Georgia could also once again be the hub for who controls the Senate, as incumbent Democratic Raphael Warnock finds himself at a standstill with Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

Mawuli Davis, an Atlanta-based civil rights attorney, said national observers should not count the Peach State yet, despite the polls.

“Georgia is not a lost cause,” he said. “In fact, we think there’s a real possibility that we’re going to really shock those who think this wave is coming.”

– Phillip M. Bailey

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 2022 Midterm elections: Democrats, Republicans optimistic in latest rallies