Democrats, while still favored overall, have been unable to build a decisive edge over Donald Trump's Republicans, meaning that the president might avoid the severe electoral slap-down the opposition party had hoped to inflict. Whitmer is poised to do well in bellwether Oakland, which also has two major congressional races, and Democrats are running female candidates in all eight legislative seats considered to be competitive there.
The midterm elections will be "a tale of two political maps", with Democrats likely making gains in the House while Republicans have a built-in advantage in the Senate, said Ken Thomas, Associated Press White House correspondent.
Nonetheless, should the midterm results unfold as expected, Democratic control of one house will certainly alter the way things work in Trump World, and the "check" in the "check and balance" system that defines the US government will actually mean something once again.
Democrats like Schiff, and fellow California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell, say they'll wait for Mueller to conclude his investigation before jumping into one of their own, but there are things they're convinced Mueller has missed and issues that may be relevant to a collusion probe that other investigations have ignored.
The president's disapproval has dropped by the same margin. To reclaim control of the House of Representatives, the Democrats need to hold all of their seats plus win 23 more, which is definitely possible.
"The House and the Senate always seemed likely to produce somewhat differing outcomes, which complicates a "blue wave" narrative". Twenty-nine percent of registered voters said their votes were meant to send a signal of support to Trump, 33 percent said it was meant to signal opposition, and 36 percent said it's not a message either way on the president.
This comes at a time when the House and Senate elections are going in totally opposite directions.
But after a bitter fight over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, what was once seen as an opportunity for the Democrats to make inroads on the map, is now looking more contentious.
Elsewhere, Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke has raised millions of dollars in his bid to unseat Texas Sen.
Trump, who has predicted his party will do "very well" in the midterms, said Monday he would produce a "resolution" calling for the tax cut. Of the 35 contested seats, 26 are held by Democrats - 10 of those in states Trump won.
Democrats are especially enthusiastic about their chances to take Republican-leaning seats in suburban Detroit's Oakland County and western Wayne County - where college-educated, more affluent women may be turned off by President Donald Trump.
FiveThirtyEight gives the Democrats only one chance in five of retaking the Senate.
Democrat Hillary Clinton carried Nevada by 2 percentage points in the 2016 White House race.
The Democrats are "heavily concentrated in cities and urban areas ..."
Five children in Maryland have contracted symptoms of an illness similar to polio this fall, according to state health officials. State health officials in Minnesota issued an alert to doctors this month after six children there were diagnosed with AFM.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract when he was told he wouldn't make the upcoming team and has not been recruited since. The I Feel Pretty star began her lengthy social media statement by pondering "why more white players aren't kneeling".
The New York Times says a suspect identified by Turkey in the disappearance was in Crown Prince Mohammed's inner circle. But Pompeo was tight-lipped, telling journalists he did not want "to talk about any of the facts".
Since Mega Millions modified the formula, players now pick five numbers from 1 to 70 and a Mega number of 1 to 25. Lottery officials raised the estimated prize Thursday, two days after no one picked the winning numbers.
But on Wednesday, Trump told reporters: "We've asked for it ... if it exists" - before adding that it "probably does" exist. Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and is feared dead.
Harry and Meghan are meeting members of One Wave, a surfing community group, as they take part in "Fluro Friday". This royal mania reached a fever pitch after the announcement that Harry and Meghan are expecting a baby .
Netflix said it expects subscribers to grow by another 9.4 million in the fourth quarter, up 13% compared to past year . Q3 is also thought to have seen more people flock back to the platform thanks to new seasons of its most popular shows.
Alice Hall, 25, gave it five stars, and said it earned full marks for being moist: the highest accolade for baking in the family. In another video , Prince Harry is asked if he will name the toy and replies: "I'll think of something".
Migrants who have already arrived at the Mexican border have been sleeping in churches, fire stations and refugee shelters. Defense Secretary James Mattis later authorized the National Guard to deploy up to 4,000 troops on the southern border.
Trump Calls Migrant Caravan a National Emergency
Later in the day, authorities in Guatemala said another group of about 1,000 migrants had entered that country from Honduras. It remains unclear how numerous caravan's new additions were previously deported from the US for committing violent crimes.
Google to charge Android partners up to $40 per device for apps
Use of popular Google app such as YouTube, Gmail and most especially the Play Store could attract charges for companies in Europe. Under that arrangement, Google would give the device maker a portion of ad revenue it generates through search and Chrome.
Cologne police: Hostage incident at train station
A police spokeswoman said special forces had been called to the scene. "We also do not rule out a terrorist attack", Brauns said. Local media reported shots being fired inside the station, something which a police spokesperson later denied.