Transcript for Trump delivers closing message ahead of midterm elections
It is finally here, the 2018 midterm elections and take a look at a polling station here in New York. Lines already forming this morning all around the country and as George just said millions of Americans making their voices heard. The early vote has already broken records. This could be the first midterms to see 100 million Americans vote and that's because so much is at stake, control of congress, control of states. The next two years for president trump and president trump has put himself on the ballot campaigning nonstop in these last two weeks. Right now Republicans control both the house and the senate. But our latest ABC news/"washington post" poll shows that voters prefer Democrats by 8% in the house -- by 8 points in the house and need to gain just 23 seats to take control. In the senates Democrats would need two to take control and the GOP hoping to add to their majority there. Team coverage all across the country in the key battleground statesracking the crucial races that could make history. Our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega starts us off. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Good morning. Every single seat in the house and a third of the senate is up for grabs today, but make no mistake, this election is about president trump and he has said as much and told supporters you are voting for me in 2018. President trump delivering his final pitch in Missouri overnight. He's campaigning as if his own name is on the ballot. All in the same day, also barnstorming Ohio. Hello, Ohio. Reporter: And Indiana. It is great to be in Indiana. Reporter: His voice hoarse as he spoke with Sean hannity. There is an electricity that feels like 2016. Reporter: With his party at risk of losing the house at times it sounded like he was heeding the advice of fellow Republicans and sticking to the script about the economy. Our economy is setting records on a daily basis. Reporter: But his closing argument focusing heavily on a doomsday message about illegal immigration. Democrats are inviting caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to pour into our country overwhelming your schools, your hospitals and your communities. Reporter: That caravan of migrants fleeing violence and poverty. Still more than 600 miles from the border, there's no evidence Democrats are in any way backing it. The Pentagon says more than 5,000 troops have arrived at the border. That number expected to rise to more than 7,000 in coming days. And there is still no estimated price tag, and now just as voters are set to head to the polls, president trump is spreading another falsehood. There are a lot of people, a lot of people, my opinion, and based on proof, that try and get in illegally and actually vote illegally. Reporter: But there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud. In fact, the "Washington post" found only four documented cases in the 2016 presidential election. In the final sprint, Democrats sending out their biggest stars too. The character of this country is on the ballot. Who we are is on the ballot. What kind of -- What kind of politics we expect is on the ballot. Reporter: President Obama telling Virginia campaign staffers this election is a referendum on tone and on that very subject, a rare admission from president trump when asked if he had any regrets about his presidency. I would say tone, I would like to have a much softer tone. I feel to a certain extent I have no choice, but maybe I do and maybe I could have been softer from that standpoint. Reporter: And then he went right back on the campaign trail and flipped the script. If the radical Democrats take power, they will take a wrecking ball to our economy and to the future of our country. Reporter: Now the white house says the president and the first lady will be watching the returns come in tonight from the residence. You heard the president, George, say there that he wished he had taken a softer stand on tone. It was just a couple of day I pushed him on tone. I remember that. He said, I could tone it up so not really sure where he stands on that. Whatever happens, though, tonight, you'll see big changes in the white house and administration. Certainly, one of the first things that could happen is a staff shake-up. Everyone from potentially the chief of staff to attorney general Jeff sessions and they're bracing for investigations if the Democrats take control of the house and if the Republicans continue control he'll see it as a full-throated endorsement of his America. Thanks very much. As we've seen both parties
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