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Health care and immigration were very important for voting voters because they voted in mid-term elections, according to a large-scale study of the American electorate conducted by The Associated Press.
Most voters took into account the voice of President Donald Trump.
Similarly, the majority of voters say that the country is heading in the wrong direction. Still, around two-thirds say that the economy is good.
Controlling the Senate and the House of Representatives, Trump encouraged voters to see the first nationwide election of their presidency as a referendum on his leadership.
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A man is accused of threatening to shoot workers in the Pennsylvania western election site after they told him he was not registered for the vote.
Christopher T. Queen, 48, from Claysville, was accused on Tuesday of terrorist threats and unstructured behavior.
Assistant to the Washington County election department, Melanie Ostrander, she says that Quinn arrived at the South Franciscan Volunteer Fire Brigade in the town of South Franklin around 9am. He says he became irritated when he was told he was not registered for voting.
Ostrander says that this man supposedly "got upset, told the probes that he would get a gun and come back and shoot them."
Court documents do not mention the lawyer for the queen, and the phone number mentioned in his name rang unanswered before disconnecting Tuesday.
Some voters in one of the most diverse districts in Georgia report that they had to wait more than three hours to vote at a voting location in Snellville, east of Atlanta.
Ontaria Woods said she arrived at Annistown Primary School at 7am to vote. Over three hours later she was still waiting, in a line of 75 to 100 people. She said she was a witness that about two dozen people remained in frustration without voting because of long waiting.
Joe Sorenson, a spokesman for Gwinnett County, Georgia, who oversees the election, said he can not confirm waiting times, but says the four circuits had problems with "express polls" that make up cards that are electronic voting cards.
Reports from the districts of Fulton, Clayton and Gwinnett say that polling stations are definitely unprepared for high voter turnout. Broken voting machines are also reported because delays continue to affect the thousands of voters in Georgia.
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Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said he hopes the US election results will ease domestic tensions in the United States and allow Washington to focus on global issues.
Speaking to reporters in Madrid on Tuesday, Lavrov regretted the fact that the Russian-American ties had become "hostages of internal political quarrels in America."
Lavrov said he hoped that the elections would help stabilize domestic policy in the US "so that Washington could concentrate on positive steps in the international arena."
Lavrov also reiterated Moscow's position that he was not involved in the US elections.
He said: "All the accusations that we will interfere in today's election have turned out to be empty statements."
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Severe weather in several southern states may affect election turnout on election day.
The storm line moved through the deep meridian and early Tuesday morning, destroying trees and power lines from Louisiana to South Carolina. There were no serious injuries, but about 11,000 residents were without electricity.
A separate storm in central Tennessee killed one person, injured two others, and left thousands without power.
The National Weather Service warns of the possibility of strong winds, strong storms and possible tornadoes on Tuesday near Baltimore, Washington, Denmark and the Mid-Atlantic region.
The dry weather was predicted in the west and south west, but significant snow falls were expected in the northern Rocky Mountains.
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The turbulent election season, which tested President Donald Trump's crowned political style against the resistance of the Democrats, came to an end when the Americans voted in the first national elections in Trump's time.
Because voters are going to vote on Tuesday, nothing is certain.
Concerned Republicans privately expressed confidence in the narrow Senate majority, but were afraid that the house was running away. Trump, the head of the GOP, warned that the significant victories of the Democrats would have devastating consequences.
"If radical democrats take power, they will take a ruined ball to our economy and our future," Trump said in Cleveland, using the same heated rhetoric that defined much of his presidency. He added: "The Democrats Agenda is a socialist nightmare."
Democrats whose importance in the Trump era depended on winning at least one Congress House focused on health care because they predicted victories that broke GOP monopoly in Washington and state governments.
"They were two years old to find out what it's like to have an unused person in the White House," said Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who heads the Association of Democratic Governors. "This is the revival of the Democratic Party."
Democrats may derail Trump's legislative program for the next two years if they gain control over the House or the Senate. Perhaps more importantly, they will demand a subpoena to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.
Some Democrats have already promised to force the release of their tax returns. Others have committed to impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely as long as the GOP controls the Senate and even maintains a healthy minority.
The fate of Democrats depends on a delicate coalition of the few voters – especially young and minorities – who traditionally avoid parliamentary elections.
If there ever was an election of younger voters who would break the tradition, that's it. Young voters promised to vote in record numbers when they carried out mass protests after the February shooting in Parkland, Florida, in a high school where 17 students and employees died.
Democrats are drawing strength from women and generally educated voters who have decidedly opposed Trump since his election. Polls suggest that the Republican coalition is becoming older, whiter, more masculine and less often has higher education.
Democrats have record-breaking diversity in voting.
Three countries could choose their first governors from Africa and America, and several other LGBT candidates and Muslims. A record number of women is also a candidate for the Senate, the House of Representatives, presidents and state offices.
"The vast majority of women voting is angry, frustrated and really doing it, seeing where the Republican Party is taking them, especially when it comes to health and civility," said Stephanie Schriock, who runs EMILY & # 39; s List, a group that helps elect Democratic women. "You'll see the biggest gulf between the sexes we've ever seen."
Political reorientation, determined by race, sex and education, can re-shape US policy for the entire generation. Demographic shifts also reflect the final argument of each party.
As the economy continues to grow, Trump spent the last days of the campaign on a career against carring Latin American asylum seekers on the border with the United States. He sent over 5,000 soldiers to the region, suggesting that the soldiers would use lethal force against immigrants who throw stones before they later retire.
Republicans privately encouraged the president to withdraw, unsuccessfully.
Meanwhile, the Democrats have beaten their drum in health care.
"Healthcare is in the vote," said former President Barack Obama for democratic volunteers in Virginia. "Healthcare for millions of people. You vote, you can save your life."
Tuesday's results will be colored by dramatically different landscapes in the fight for the House and the Senate.
Most of the best House races take place in the suburbs of America, where more educated and affluent voters in both parties have been trashing in Trump's presidency, despite the strength of the national economy. Democrats struck a wave of republican pensions and a huge advantage in raising funds.
They must get two dozen seats to get the majority.
Democrats face a much more difficult challenge in the Senate, where they are almost exclusively in defense in rural areas, where Trump remains popular. Democratic Senate leaders are waiting for re-election, for example in North Dakota, West Virginia and Montana – Trump countries have an average of 30 percentage points on average two years ago.
Democrats must get two seats to get the majority of the Senate.
Taking into account Trump's great victory in 2016, few were sure of their predictions.
"I feel less comfortable by making a forecast today than in two decades," said Republican analyst Frank Luntz.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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