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It’s election eve in the U.S. but is it already game over for the Democrats?

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It’s election eve in the U.S. as political heavyweights from both sides of the isle make their final pledges to voters

As election eve in America draws to a close, the Democrats are staring down the barrel of a nightmare situation.

As inflation soars and crime rates spike, voters are expected to turn away from the ruling party in droves. They are in favour change.

There were hopes the Democrats would be able to swing voters who were dissatisfied with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade.

But as a recession looms, it seems the state of the economy is now the only thing on everyone’s mind.

The Democrats are facing the risk of losing control of both the House and the Senate, leaving Capitol Hill in chaos.

But the race is not over yet.

As we know, recent polling in the United States has been anything but accurate and as election day looms, both parties are pulling out all the stops to win over every last vote.

The Democrats have been struggling with their sitting president’s low approval rating for many months now.

Biden has been rallying at the governor’s race in Maryland.

He says this election is a choice between two fundamentally different visions of America.

“This election isn’t a referendum, it’s a choice. It’s a choice between two fundamentally different visions of America.”

Tuesday’s elections represent the first nationwide test of democracy since Biden took office and Trump’s followers stormed the U.S. Capitol in protest.

Speaking of Trump, he’s been campaigning in Ohio for Republican Senate nominee JD Vance. While First lady Jill Biden is in Northern Virginia, campaigning with Democratic Representative, Jennifer Wexton

But what’s actually at stake?

All 435 seats in the House, 35 seats in the 100-member Senate, 36 state governorships, three U.S. territory governorships and a large number of city mayorships and local offices.

In a further 37 states, issues including laws on abortion, marijuana and voting rights are also up for a vote.

It follows House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy speaking exclusively to CNN as his party eyes off a red wave.

If the Republican party does win back control of the House and the Senate, McCarthy is vowing to secure the border, cut back on government spending and launch investigations into the Biden administration.

McCarthy is also optimistic about his chances of securing Speaker of the House.

McCarthy was reluctant to predict how many seats his party may pick up on election night but says “anywhere over 20 is a red wave.”

“I’ve seen more competitive race than I’ve seen in any given time. I see Democrats spending money in seats that Biden won by 20 points – New York.”

In Florida, current Senator Marco Rubio says his followers have one job to do.

“We have one job left to do and that is turn out to vote and vote in big numbers. These people don’t just need to lose, they need to lose by a lot. They need to get the message — we will never be a socialist country.”

All eyes on Pennsylvania

There’s one race which has everyone talking and that is the battle for one of Pennsylvania’s highly sought-after seats in the Senate.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks at a pre-election rally to support Republican candidates in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 5, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Representing the Democrats is John Fetterman, a former mayor who currently serves as the state’s lieutenant governor.

In the Republican corner is Mehmet Oz, known affectionately as Doctor Oz.

He’s the Trump-backed candidate who rose to fame as Oprah Winfrey’s go-to health practitioner.

Oz says America is the land of opportunity.

“I’m not a politician. I’m a surgeon. What surgeons do is tackle big problems. We do it successfully, in my case, fixing broken hearts by working with everybody, by making sure we unify people in the operating room — not divide them. The same will work for our nation.”

Musk supports change

This comes as Elon Musk throws his support behind the Republican party.

Taking to Twitter, the platform’s new owner says “shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic”.

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Texas man breaks ice off trampoline net

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Texas cold snap sees temperatures plummet

 
How’s this for cold?

Twitter user Brett Hillier has shared a video from his property in Texas, showing ice on the net of his trampoline cracking.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has been blanketed with snow, with hazardous conditions expected to continue until at least Thursday.

Authorities have responded to hundreds of accident-related calls, with the ice storm wreaking havoc on roads.

The freezing conditions are making making roads slick, sending cars sliding as residents are told to stay home.

Schools across Mississippi and Tennessee have also been shut. #trending #featured

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Kamala Harris demands Congress pass George Floyd Act

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U.S. vice President Kamala Harris has implored Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act

While at the funeral of Tyre Nichols, who was beaten and died at the hands of five Memphis police officers – Harris implored for the right thing to be done.

“As vice-president of the United States, we demand that Congress pass the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act. Joe Biden will sign it,” Harris made the call to action while at the congregation in Memphis.

The Memphis Police Department fired five of the officers involved in the attack, who also are Black.

Prosecutors then charged them last week with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and oppression.

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Meta stocks soar in ‘Year of Efficiency’

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Meta Platforms has announced a better-than-expected sales quarter, as well as a USD$40 billion stock buyback.

The parent of Instagram and Facebook cut its cost outlook for 2023 by $5 billion, and projected first-quarter sales that could beat Wall Street estimates.

Meta stock surged nearly 19% in after-hours trade.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg described the focus on efficiency as part of the natural evolution of the company, calling it a “phase change” for an organisation that once lived by the motto “move fast and break things.”

“We just grew so quickly for like the first 18 years,” Zuckerberg said in a conference call. “It’s very hard to really crank on efficiency while you’re growing that quickly. I just think we’re in a different environment now.”

The cost cuts reflect Meta’s updated plans for lower data centre construction expenses this year.

In November, the company cut more than 11,000 jobs in response, a precursor to the tens of thousands of layoffs in the tech industry that followed.

“Our management theme for 2023 is the ‘Year of Efficiency’ and we are focused on becoming a stronger and more nimble organisation,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.

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