The US is just four days away from the 2018 midterm elections on 6 November and races around the country are heating up. 

Democrats are attempting to gain control of the US House and Senate in the wake of a contentious, partisan battle over the newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

There are several state and local races of importance, too, as the parties square off for control of state legislatures and local city councils. 

Follow our liveblog below for all the latest as the elections approach

Welcome to our live updates of the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. The US is just one month away from the first major election since Donald Trump was elected to office and many people have said the results will be a reflection of how the country has changed the past two years.
The election is taking place on 6 November and Mr Trump has begun to hold campaign rallies for various Republican candidates all over the country. 
 
Last week alone he went to four states in six days - Tennessee, Mississippi, Minnesota, and Kansas
Republicans in some districts could face an uphill battle to gain the votes of women despite Mr Trump winning the majority of the white female vote in the 2016 presidential election. 
 
The bitter, emotional, often angry confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh the past few weeks only served to heighten political - and gender - divisions in the Senate and possibly the country.
 
Read more about how the hearing and vote to put Mr Trump's second nominee on the Supreme Court may spell hard times for Republican candidates: 
 
 
 
The president heads to Iowa tonight for another of his "Make America Great Again" rallies. 
 
Some of his supporters consider it a well-deserved "victory lap" after Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation. 
When he was speaking at the United Nations Security Council a few weeks ago, Mr Trump claimed China was attempting to "meddle" in the 2018 midterm elections. 
 
He said Beijing was placing "propaganda" in newspapers in Iowa - whose former governor Terry Brandstad is now US Ambassador to China - in order to influence voters against Mr Trump and Republicans. 
 
"They do not want me or us to win because I am the first president to challenge China on trade," he said. 
 
Read more here: 
The midwest is of particular importance to Democrats as they try to capitalise on huge primary election victories in Minnesota and Michigan. 
 
Our Andrew Buncombe talked to voters in Eagan, Minnesota, to get a feel for what may happen in just a month for one important candidate, Democratic hopeful for the US House Angie Craig. 
Voter registration drives are in full gear around the country. Several states have deadlines approaching soon and offer in-person, mail, and online registration. 
 
Check your state's Board of Election website for the rules and read more about it here: 
To give you an idea of the animus and partisan battle the country is about to see in the polls, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the 2018 midterm elections "a knife fight in an alley". 
 
In other words, Democrats and Republicans will likely 'fight dirty' with unrelenting ad campaigns, millions of dollars in donations, and constant television appearances. 
 
Tune in here for to make sense of all the noise in the next month: 
Mr Trump tweeted a reminder to voters that in many states, today is the last day to register.
 
Check your Board of Elections website to determine how and when to register - the deadlines may differ based on how you register as well. 
 
Some states do offer registration up until 6 November as well: District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 
The elections are on everyone's minds in the US, including pop star Taylor Swift
 
She endorsed Democrats who are running for office in Tennessee, her home state. 
 
Mr Trump said he now likes her music "25 per cent less" because of her endorsement. 
 
 
Several races around the country are ones to watch for their national implications as candidates vie to become one of 100 Senators or 50 governors. 
 
A good time to get a feel for a candidate is during a debate or town hall when the candidate takes questions from a live audience. At least three of these will be broadcast across the US. 
 
Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Rick Scott, the current Governor of Florida, square off in a debate on 16 October. 
 
On 18 October, Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke will host a town hall. His opponent Republican Ted Cruz declined to debate.
 
Democratic Mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum is debating Republican House Representative Ron DeSantis on 21 October in a bid to become the first African-American governor of Florida. 
The race between Democrat Beto O'Rourke and Republican Ted Cruz is a particularly interesting one given Texas has usually voted reliably Republican for that Senate seat. 
 
Mr Cruz, however, may prove to be less likable than the young, energetic, outspoken Mr O'Rourke. His shaky relationship with Mr Trump may also prove to be a negative for Mr Cruz. 
 
Read more here about the pair and how the Republican establishment is reacting: 
Taylor Swift is not the only the musician to weigh in on the 2018 midterms. 
 
Legend Willy Nelson endorsed Beto O'Rourke, the Democrat running against Ted Cruz for a Texas Senate seat, angering some of his more politically conservative fans. 
 
The 85-year-old Texas simply said: “I don’t care.” Read more about what happened here: 
Another reminder, today is the last day to register to vote in 16 states. 
 
Some states do offer registration up until 6 November as well: District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 
 
Usually efforts to get voters to register have been dominated by Democrats because they have felt people in poorer communities and minorities are not well-represented in Congress or voting rolls. 
 
This year's midterms - and the political turmoil of late - appears to have resulted in a new effort by the GOP to recruit voters, particularly in many of the Southern states in red on the map below. 
Those are all the updates we have today but check back every weekday from now until the 6 November election for more updates, analysis, and our reports from around the US.
 
For more 2018 midterm elections coverage, read here. 

Welcome back to The Independent’s live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections for Wednesday, 10 October. 

With less than 30 days before the crucial elections, the Democratic Party appears to have lost its double-digit lead in support on the national ballot against Republicans, leading the majority party by just two points on the generic House ballot.

However, as anyone following the news cycle knows, a lot can happen before voters flock to the polls. Stay tuned as we bring you the latest developments throughout the day.

Taylor Swift, who found her political voice this week as the singer endorsed Tennessee Democrat Phil Bredesen for US Senate, continued to encourage her young fans to register to vote ahead of the November midterms last night at the American Music Awards. 

The typically apolitical singer — who picked up four awards, including artist of the year — used the night to stress the importance of voting. 

"This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people," she said, "the midterm elections on November 6."

Analysts saw a massive spike in voter registration earlier this week after Ms Swift posted an Instagram caption encouraging folks to get registered ahead of the elections. 

 

With less than 30 days until the contentious elections, Donald Trump’s lawyers have tried out a new talking point in their defence against accusations of collusion during the 2016 presidential election. 

The president’s attorneys have argued the 1st Amendment protects the “right to disclose information — even stolen information.” 

However, the sharing of stolen information during an election cycle breaks all forms of federal campaign laws, and if that information was stolen by an foreign national or international organisation, the act would be in even further violation of federal law. 

 

With final voter registration days arriving across the country, the first family has been vigorously posting across social media encouraging their supporters to register ahead of the crucial elections. 
 
First son Eric Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning, "All my friends in Missouri, today is your LAST CHANCE to register to vote this November! It is very easy to do - simply go to vote.gop!" He then endorsed Josh Hawley, the conservative Republican candidate for US Senate in Missouri. 
 

 

Yesterday was a big day across the country in terms of voter registration — mainly because a handful of states require residents to register by 9 October to vote in November.

Voting rights organisations often rally for expanded access to registration, including automatic voter registration, with each election cycle. 

Find out what’s the last day to register to vote in your state below. 



 

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