Voters pack the polls in a crucial test of Trump’s tenure

Voters wait in line in the gymnasium at Brunswick Junior High School to receive their ballots for the mid-term election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Brunswick, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Voters wait in line in the gymnasium at Brunswick Junior High School to receive their ballots for the mid-term election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Brunswick, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)
In this Oct. 25, 2018 photo, Brendan Kelly, Democratic candidate for Illinois' 12th congressional district, speaks with a voter at a town hall at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Kelly is trying to retake a Southern Illinois House seat that Democrats held for more than 30 years before Republican Mike Bost won it in 2014. (AP Photo/Sara Burnett)
In this Oct. 25, 2018 photo, Brendan Kelly, Democratic candidate for Illinois’ 12th congressional district, speaks with a voter at a town hall at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Kelly is trying to retake a Southern Illinois House seat that Democrats held for more than 30 years before Republican Mike Bost won it in 2014. (AP Photo/Sara Burnett) (AP/Sara Burnett)
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana leads a crowd in a cheer during a rally in Helena, Mont., on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Tester, a Democrat is running for re-election against Republican challenger Matt Rosendale. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana leads a crowd in a cheer during a rally in Helena, Mont., on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Tester, a Democrat is running for re-election against Republican challenger Matt Rosendale. (AP Photo/Matt Volz) (AP/Matt Volz)
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo President Donald Trump and Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale, who is running against Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., shake hands during a campaign rally at Minuteman Aviation Hangar in Missoula, Mont. Rosendale has President Donald Trump and other big-name Republicans surrounding him on the campaign trail. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster,File)
FILE – In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo President Donald Trump and Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale, who is running against Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., shake hands during a campaign rally at Minuteman Aviation Hangar in Missoula, Mont. Rosendale has President Donald Trump and other big-name Republicans surrounding him on the campaign trail. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster,File)
IN this Oct. 24, 2018, photo, Florida gubernatorial candidates, Republican Ron DeSantis, left, and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist bump after a debate at Broward College in Davie, Fla. The final stretch of the midterm campaign is increasingly dominated by debate over one of the most sensitive issues in American political culture: Race. In Florida, accusations of racism are playing a central role in the hotly-contested campaign for governor. DeSantis chafed at questions about his ties to supporters who have made inflammatory comments. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, Pool)
IN this Oct. 24, 2018, photo, Florida gubernatorial candidates, Republican Ron DeSantis, left, and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist bump after a debate at Broward College in Davie, Fla. The final stretch of the midterm campaign is increasingly dominated by debate over one of the most sensitive issues in American political culture: Race. In Florida, accusations of racism are playing a central role in the hotly-contested campaign for governor. DeSantis chafed at questions about his ties to supporters who have made inflammatory comments. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, Pool) (AP/Wilfredo Lee)
FILE - This Oct. 17, 2018, file photo shows Florida Democratic congressional candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell at a campaign event in Coral Gables, Fla. Mucarsel-Powell is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida's 26th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
FILE – This Oct. 17, 2018, file photo shows Florida Democratic congressional candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell at a campaign event in Coral Gables, Fla. Mucarsel-Powell is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida’s 26th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) (AP/Wilfredo Lee)
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, Maria Elvira Salazar speaks at a campaign event in Coral Gables, Fla. Salazar is running against former Clinton administration Cabinet member and University of Miami president, Democrat Donna Shalala. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, Maria Elvira Salazar speaks at a campaign event in Coral Gables, Fla. Salazar is running against former Clinton administration Cabinet member and University of Miami president, Democrat Donna Shalala. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) (AP/Wilfredo Lee)
In this Oct. 30, 2018 photo, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, left, shakes hands with Republican former state Rep. Mike Braun following a U.S. Senate Debate in Indianapolis. Republicans have a huge advantage as they seek to hold or expand their 51-49 Senate majority, with the battle for control running mostly through states that President Donald Trump won in 2016.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)
In this Oct. 30, 2018 photo, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, left, shakes hands with Republican former state Rep. Mike Braun following a U.S. Senate Debate in Indianapolis. Republicans have a huge advantage as they seek to hold or expand their 51-49 Senate majority, with the battle for control running mostly through states that President Donald Trump won in 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool) (AP/Darron Cummings)
Voters line up in the rain outside Bright Family and Youth Center in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Voters line up in the rain outside Bright Family and Youth Center in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
An election official, left, maintains the crowd line and parking spaces as people line up to vote at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center on the last day of early voting Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Associated Press will debut a new survey of the nation's electorate that aims to more accurately capture the story of how Americans vote and why in Tuesday's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
An election official, left, maintains the crowd line and parking spaces as people line up to vote at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center on the last day of early voting Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Associated Press will debut a new survey of the nation’s electorate that aims to more accurately capture the story of how Americans vote and why in Tuesday’s midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (AP/Jim Mone)
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Poll worker Sarah Thomas places signs outside a precinct before polls open on election day in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (AP/David Goldman)
An American flag hangs on the back of a pickup truck on election day as a motorist drives through Woodstock, Ga., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
An American flag hangs on the back of a pickup truck on election day as a motorist drives through Woodstock, Ga., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (AP/David Goldman)
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., carries his ballot to the vote counting machine as he votes in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Kaine is running against Republican Corey Stewart. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., carries his ballot to the vote counting machine as he votes in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Kaine is running against Republican Corey Stewart. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) (AP/Steve Helber)
Andy Kim, the Democratic candidate in New Jersey's third Congressional District, holds his son Austin Kim, as addresses the media after voting Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Bordentown, N.J. Kim is facing Tom MacArthur, the Republican incumbent candidate in New Jersey's third Congressional District. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Andy Kim, the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s third Congressional District, holds his son Austin Kim, as addresses the media after voting Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Bordentown, N.J. Kim is facing Tom MacArthur, the Republican incumbent candidate in New Jersey’s third Congressional District. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) (AP/Mel Evans)
George Scott, left, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District, and his wife, Donna Scott, walk to vote at Celebration Community Church, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dillsburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
George Scott, left, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District, and his wife, Donna Scott, walk to vote at Celebration Community Church, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dillsburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (AP/Matt Slocum)
Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa, who is running against Rep Keith Rothfus, R-Pa in Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District, exits his polling place after voting Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa, who is running against Rep Keith Rothfus, R-Pa in Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, exits his polling place after voting Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (AP/Gene J. Puskar)
Voters cast their ballots, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Gates Mills, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Voters cast their ballots, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Gates Mills, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (AP/Tony Dejak)
A line forms outside a polling site on election day in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A line forms outside a polling site on election day in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (AP/David Goldman)
Voters cast their ballots at the Tuttle Park Recreation Center polling location, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Voters cast their ballots at the Tuttle Park Recreation Center polling location, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (AP/John Minchillo)
Voters fill out their ballots at the Whetstone Community Center polling location, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Voters fill out their ballots at the Whetstone Community Center polling location, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (AP/John Minchillo)
A voter prepares to fill out her ballot at the Whetstone Community Center polling location, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A voter prepares to fill out her ballot at the Whetstone Community Center polling location, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (AP/John Minchillo)
Election workers Mark Bezanson, left, and Julie Olson dump ballots collected earlier in the day from drop boxes onto a table for sorting at the King County Elections office, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Renton, Wash. Voters in Washington all vote only by mail. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Election workers Mark Bezanson, left, and Julie Olson dump ballots collected earlier in the day from drop boxes onto a table for sorting at the King County Elections office, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Renton, Wash. Voters in Washington all vote only by mail. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (AP/Elaine Thompson)
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Voters wait in line in the gymnasium at Brunswick Junior High School to receive their ballots for the mid-term election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Brunswick, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
In this Oct. 25, 2018 photo, Brendan Kelly, Democratic candidate for Illinois' 12th congressional district, speaks with a voter at a town hall at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Kelly is trying to retake a Southern Illinois House seat that Democrats held for more than 30 years before Republican Mike Bost won it in 2014. (AP Photo/Sara Burnett)
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana leads a crowd in a cheer during a rally in Helena, Mont., on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Tester, a Democrat is running for re-election against Republican challenger Matt Rosendale. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo President Donald Trump and Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale, who is running against Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., shake hands during a campaign rally at Minuteman Aviation Hangar in Missoula, Mont. Rosendale has President Donald Trump and other big-name Republicans surrounding him on the campaign trail. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster,File)
IN this Oct. 24, 2018, photo, Florida gubernatorial candidates, Republican Ron DeSantis, left, and Democrat Andrew Gillum fist bump after a debate at Broward College in Davie, Fla. The final stretch of the midterm campaign is increasingly dominated by debate over one of the most sensitive issues in American political culture: Race. In Florida, accusations of racism are playing a central role in the hotly-contested campaign for governor. DeSantis chafed at questions about his ties to supporters who have made inflammatory comments. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, Pool)
FILE - This Oct. 17, 2018, file photo shows Florida Democratic congressional candidate Debbie Mucarsel-Powell at a campaign event in Coral Gables, Fla. Mucarsel-Powell is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo in Florida's 26th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2018, file photo, Maria Elvira Salazar speaks at a campaign event in Coral Gables, Fla. Salazar is running against former Clinton administration Cabinet member and University of Miami president, Democrat Donna Shalala. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
In this Oct. 30, 2018 photo, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, left, shakes hands with Republican former state Rep. Mike Braun following a U.S. Senate Debate in Indianapolis. Republicans have a huge advantage as they seek to hold or expand their 51-49 Senate majority, with the battle for control running mostly through states that President Donald Trump won in 2016.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)
Voters line up in the rain outside Bright Family and Youth Center in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
An election official, left, maintains the crowd line and parking spaces as people line up to vote at the Minneapolis Early Vote Center on the last day of early voting Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Associated Press will debut a new survey of the nation's electorate that aims to more accurately capture the story of how Americans vote and why in Tuesday's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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An American flag hangs on the back of a pickup truck on election day as a motorist drives through Woodstock, Ga., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., carries his ballot to the vote counting machine as he votes in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Kaine is running against Republican Corey Stewart. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Andy Kim, the Democratic candidate in New Jersey's third Congressional District, holds his son Austin Kim, as addresses the media after voting Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Bordentown, N.J. Kim is facing Tom MacArthur, the Republican incumbent candidate in New Jersey's third Congressional District. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
George Scott, left, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District, and his wife, Donna Scott, walk to vote at Celebration Community Church, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dillsburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa, who is running against Rep Keith Rothfus, R-Pa in Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District, exits his polling place after voting Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Voters cast their ballots, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Gates Mills, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
A line forms outside a polling site on election day in Atlanta, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Voters cast their ballots at the Tuttle Park Recreation Center polling location, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Voters fill out their ballots at the Whetstone Community Center polling location, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A voter prepares to fill out her ballot at the Whetstone Community Center polling location, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. Across the country, voters headed to the polls Tuesday in one of the most high-profile midterm elections in years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Election workers Mark Bezanson, left, and Julie Olson dump ballots collected earlier in the day from drop boxes onto a table for sorting at the King County Elections office, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Renton, Wash. Voters in Washington all vote only by mail. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

There were first-time voters and straight-ticket voters and some who, this go-around, switched sides. They went to the polls considering the caravan of migrants trudging across Mexico, their health insurance and their paychecks, an impotent Congress, and the nation’s poisonous political culture that has divided even families and friends along party lines.

More than anything on this Election Day in America, in a midterm contest like no other before it, voters cast their ballots with one man in mind: President Donald Trump.

“Trump is terrifying and we need to make a change, so I’ve been encouraging my friends and family to vote,” said Samantha Bohr, 26, casting her ballot in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey.

Nine hundred miles away, in Nashville, Tennessee, 50-year-old Robert DuBois arrived at his polling place wearing one of Trump’s signature red Make America Great Again caps. “That’s why there’s a line out that door,” he said. “You either don’t want Trump’s agenda or you do want Trump’s agenda.”

They joined millions of Americans who turned out in droves Tuesday — some lining up before the sun rose, some standing for hours or braving pouring rain or snow — to vote in an election that will determine control of Congress and render a verdict on Trump’s first two years in office. The outcome could redefine the nation’s political landscape for months and years to come.

Democrats need to gain 23 seats to take control of the House of Representatives, and hope to ride the wave of liberal fury that organized after Trump’s surprising victory in 2016.

“My loathing for him knows no bounds,” said Kathleen Ross, 69, a retired professor voting in Olympia, Washington, who described herself as a lifelong progressive. She said she was confident the country eventually would reject Trumpism and the divisive governing it represents. “I tend to think the arc of the universe bends toward justice, so I don’t become discouraged.”

Trump has sought to counter some of that rage by stoking anger, fear and enthusiasm in his base. In recent weeks, he’s put the spotlight on a caravan of Central American migrants that he calls “an invasion” of criminals and terrorists. He ran an advertisement about immigration so racially incendiary that all three major cable news networks, including Fox News, either refused to air it or eventually decided to stop showing it.

Among some Republican voters, that message resonated.

“What’s going on right now is pretty scary to me, at the border, with all those people coming, and I don’t think I’m hardhearted or anything,” said Patricia Maynard, 63, a retired teacher in Skowhegan, Maine.

When she voted for Trump in 2016, the blue-collar economy was her primary concern. Now, she said, immigration tops the list. She laments that Congress has so far failed to pass legislation to build the wall Trump promised along the border. So she voted for Republicans Tuesday, with hopes they would retain control and push Trump’s agenda.

In Jefferson City, Missouri, Linda Rice believes there are criminals in the caravan. Both Rice and her husband, Richard, praised Trump’s time in office, particularly his focus on the economy and his work to secure the border. “I just don’t think that my tax money should be taken away from me and given to a person who came across the border illegally,” Richard Rice said. “Get in line. Do it correctly.”

Just ahead of Election Day, Trump sent military troops to the border— a move critics called unnecessary and a political stunt, given the migrants, many of them women and children fleeing poverty and violence, are traveling mostly on foot and remain hundreds of miles away.

For those who oppose Trump, the caravan controversy singularly represents what they find unconscionable about his presidency.

“He’s always used the scare tactics and found an enemy to band against,” said 24-year-old Enrique Padilla of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Padilla considers his own family an example of the American dream. His father migrated from Mexico as a laborer at 18, raised his family, and now Padilla has a college degree. The president’s persistent demonization of immigrants galvanized him and many of his peers to vote against Republicans, Padilla said.

In Louisville, Kentucky, Mary Cross, a 64-year-old African-American voter, said she believes Trump uses issues like immigration to distract from more important topics. “It’s manufactured fear. It’s uncivilized. It’s just a bunch of mayhem for nothing. There’s no substance to this,” said Cross, who thinks the country should be talking about the Republican-led campaign to overturn the Affordable Health Care Act that protects people with pre-existing conditions.

Cross, and others, expressed a heightened sense of unease and sadness about the state of America’s political climate. The election comes just days after a series of hate crimes and political attacks. Where Cross lives, a gunman tried to get into a majority-black church but found the doors locked and went instead to a nearby grocery store, where he gunned down two African-American shoppers in what police are calling a hate crime.

“Our president, with his rhetoric and vulgar language, continues to throw fuel on the fire. Racism has always been around, but since he’s been in office, people feel free to express it and feel good about it,” said the Rev. Kevin Nelson, the pastor of the Louisville church the gunman targeted. The congregation has received cards and calls from all over the country, from Christians and Jews and Muslims and atheists — and also a white man in Texas who said he was sorry about what happened and promised to cast his ballot against the rhetoric he believed to be igniting hate.

“You’re always hoping that somehow, some way, someday, it’s going to change,” Nelson said before he voted Tuesday. “I’m hopeful that it could be this time.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center released a survey on the eve of the election that showed a quarter of Americans have lost friends over political disagreements and are less likely to attend social functions because of politics.

Odell White, a 60-year-old African-American conservative, described the country’s tribalism as veering toward civil war.

“We are dangerously close to that type of mentality — brothers fighting brothers. That’s how bad it is,” said White, who supports Trump and voted for Republicans. Friends have turned away because of his political leanings. White said he doesn’t like the president’s aggressive rhetoric, but he’s willing to overlook it because of the booming economy and the two conservatives Trump installed on the Supreme Court.

But Trumpism has proved too much for some.

In Portland, Maine, Josh Rent, 43, a small business owner and registered Republican, said he voted mostly for Democrats all the way down the ballot for the first time to protest Trump, who he believes is unnecessarily dividing Americans for his own gain. “He’s just nasty,” he said. “Life doesn’t have to be this nasty, in my opinion.”

If Democrats do win big, Tory Dibbins, a 53-year-old physical therapist from Portland, Maine, and herself a Democrat, has a warning.

“If you’re going to talk about ‘let’s end the divisiveness and be inclusive’ then you have to try to get people to be more bipartisan,” she said. “You have to win people back to the center.”

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Also contributing were AP reporters Adam Geller in New Jersey, Sheila Burke in Tennessee, Martha Irvine in Illinois, Steve Megargee in Tennessee, Jocelyn Noveck in New York, Rachel La Corte in Washington, Margery Beck in Nebraska, Kantele Franko in Ohio, Summer Ballentine and Jim Salter in Missouri, Matt Volz in Montana, Hannah Grabenstein in Arkansas and Chris Chester in Maine.

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For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics

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