Midterms will be decided by the House, control by the Senate

Midterms will be decided by the House, control by the Senate

Biden’s approval rating at 44%, voters slightly prefer Democrats to control Congress in NBC poll

US President Joe Biden speaks on the economy at ViaSat, a US technology company, in Carlsbad, California on November 4, 2022.

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According to a poll released Sunday by NBC News, Biden’s approval rating is 44 percent on Election Day.

That puts him in a similar position to former presidents Donald Trump (46%) and Barack Obama (45%) in the final NBC News/WSJ poll taken before the midterm elections.

The poll, which has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points among likely voters, found that 48% prefer Democrats to control Congress and 47% prefer Republicans. That’s a reversal from October when 48% of likely voters preferred Republicans and 47% preferred Democrats in an NBC News poll. Both are within the margin of error.

— Emma Kinery

Polls open to voters in the Midwest and mountain regions of the country

A voter inserts his ballot into a ballot box at the Maricopa County Elections and Registration Center on Nov. 7, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Voters in the middle of the country began heading to the polls at 7 a.m. ET Missouri and lined up to vote beginning at 8 a.m. ET Arizonaboth at 6am local time.

The races between Democratic Sen. Trudy Busch Valentine and Republican challenger Eric Schmitt in Missouri and incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly and Republican Sen. Blake Masters in Arizona are big to watch in these states.

Polls also open at 8 a.m. ET Wisconsin (7 a.m. local time) where Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson takes on Democratic nominee and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

Voters choose between Republican Mike Lee or independent Evan McMullin for US Senate in Utahstarting at 9 a.m. ET (7 a.m. local time).

— Chelsea Cox

Trump suggests that he will announce his presidential candidacy on November 15

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Dayton International Airport on Nov. 7, 2022, in Vandalia, Ohio.

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Former President Donald Trump he said Monday night that he would make the “big announcement” on November 15th at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he is expected to launch his 2024 presidential campaign.

“On Tuesday, Nov. 15, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, I’m going to make a very big announcement,” Trump said at a Save America rally in Vandalia, Ohio, ahead of the midterm elections.

Trump is eager to launch his third presidential bid, and staffing talks have picked up significantly in recent weeks. Early list potential top collaborators it has already leaked.

Trump’s stance on Nov. 15 came near the end of a more than 90-minute speech for GOP candidate JD Vance in Ohio. Instead of focusing on Vance, the former president criticized Democrats, judges who ruled poorly in cases against his family, crashing US airports and, above all, the president Joe Biden.

A Trump spokesman did not respond to CNBC’s request to confirm that his Nov. 15 event will be a campaign kickoff.

As Trump approaches the official start of the 2024 presidential race, polls show him enjoying himself unparalleled support among Republican voters.

Trump would also enter the race with more than $60 million in cash held by his leadership PAC, Save America, and a magnificent small-dollar fundraising operation that siphons online donations from the Republican base.

— Christina Wilkie

Polls open to voters along the East Coast

A man comes to vote during early voting for the interim election at the Smyrna Community Center in Smyrna, Georgia, on November 4, 2022.

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Voters can go to the polls as early as 6 a.m. ET Virginia and as early as 6 AM ET New Hampshirewith North Carolina and Ohio following closely at 6:30 a.m. ET.

Polls open at 7 a.m. ET for voters Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

The big races to watch in these states are the showdown between incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Rep. Val Demings in Florida for the U.S. Senate. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is also running against controversial Republican first team Herschel Walker in Georgia, and incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is taking on Republican Tudor Dixon for Michigan governor.

— Chelsea Cox

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