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Early voting is underway in the United States for the midterm elections that will determine control of the House and Senate, as candidates try to rally last-minute support.
Democrats are attempting to hold on to their congressional majorities for the final two years of President Joe Biden’s first term. Republicans are expected to win control of the House, while the race for control of the Senate appears to be close.
The president spent the weekend campaigning for Democrats in close races in New York and Pennsylvania, where former President Barack Obama helped Senate candidate John Fetterman defeat GOP opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz.
“This crowd is so loud, I think they can hear us in Latrobe,” Biden told a raucous crowd at Temple University, clearly mocking former President Donald Trump, who was campaigning for Oz outside Pittsburgh.
On Sunday, Biden campaigned for Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is up against Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin in an unexpectedly close race. On Saturday, Bill Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and New York City Mayor Eric Adams campaigned alongside Hochul in Brooklyn.
As of Monday evening, more than 42 million ballots had been cast in the midterm elections. On Tuesday, election officials and federal prosecutors will be on the lookout for any signs of voter intimidation, including in the 24 states where the Justice Department will send poll monitors.
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A judge imposed restrictions on extremist groups that had posted armed men in tactical gear at polling places in Maricopa County, which played a critical role in the 2020 election.
Officials from Arizona’s most populous county, which will help decide some of the country’s most closely watched midterm election races on Tuesday, sought to allay concerns about misinformation and Election Day security.
The county now has the attention of the entire country as it deals with increased threats to election workers, voter intimidation at drop boxes, and increased concerns about misleading information surrounding the midterm elections. Maricopa will play a role in determining Senate control as Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly defends his seat against Republican challenger Blake Masters in a chamber split evenly by party.
The nation has also been watching Arizona’s governor’s race, in which Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is running against Republican Kari Lake, a leading supporter of Trump’s false election fraud claims.