Voter turnout today is key to Republicans holding majorities in Congress

President Trump rallied a crowd of Republican voters who packed the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne Monday night. Former President Obama tried to do the same for a Democratic rally in Gary Sunday.

So you know there are high stakes in today’s midterm election in which the Republicans are trying to hold the majorities in the House and Senate.

“I think that the rallies have really been the thing that’s caused this whole big fervor to start and to continue,” said Trump, who has been campaigning fervently across the country.

“America is at a crossroads,” Obama said in Gary. “In two days, you get to vote in what I believe will be the most important election of our lifetimes. I know politicians always say that, but this time it’s really true.”

While Obama’s vision for the U.S. is looking in the wrong direction, he’s absolutely right about the importance of the outcomes at the polls today.

At one of the most divisive times in our nation, the cost of Republicans losing in this election could mean a U-turn on policies that President Trump has been able to implement for the good of the economy, for the benefit of taxpayers and for the lives of the unborn since his stunning election in 2016.

That’s why we have endorsed candidates Mike Braun for Senate and Jim Banks for Congress. They will continue to represent the Hoosier values that swept an outsider like Trump into the White House.

Although Braun’s opponent, Democrat incumbent Joe Donnelly, has frequently touted how often he votes with Trump, we believe Indiana voters aren’t buying it, nor do we believe they will buy in to the liberal agenda of Banks’ opponent, Democrat Courtney Tritch.

Polls may seem to favor Democrats overall, but Trump says he’s never seen such an enthusiastic Republican Party. That enthusiasm needs to translate into voters at the polls today as it already has in the tremendous outpouring of early voters.

GO VOTE

Go to www.acimap.us/election.html or indianavoters.in.gov/ to make sure you are registered and to find out where to vote. To facilitate transportation to the polls, Citilink passengers will be able to ride all routes for free today until 9:30 p.m., or voters may ask for a ride by calling the Republican Party at (260) 422-1554 or the Democratic Party at (260) 478-8239.

Voters must have an Indiana driver’s license or state-issued Indiana Identification card to vote.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday found that 80 percent of eligible voters nationally said they are “certain to vote” or already have voted in this election, which is up from 65 percent in the 2014 midterm.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll also released Sunday says 50 percent of likely voters would prefer a Democratically-controlled Congress with 43 percent favoring Republican control.

But don’t be daunted — polls prior to the 2016 presidential election had forecasters putting Hillary Clinton’s chances of defeating Trump from 70 to 99 percent.

As always, today’s election results will depend on voter turnout, which means you simply must get to the polls today.

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