Daniel Franklin, Executive and diplomatic editor, The Economist

Though midterms are traditionally unkind to incumbent parties, Democrats are hoping that a string of recent legislative accomplishments and voters galvanised by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade will outweigh discontent over sluggish growth and persistent inflation. 

But margins are wafer thin. The Senate is split 50-50, and a close race in the swing state of Georgia may mean a final result and control of the chamber isn’t known until December. In the House, the Democrats have just an eight-member majority, and competitive races this cycle favour Republicans heavily. The GOP will also be keeping an eye on the fortune of Trump-endorsed candidates as it looks ahead to 2024 and the public’s appetite for a second Trump run. 

Our election night guide gives you details on which races to watch, with full listings of when the polls close in each state and the key races to keep an eye on as the night unfolds. 

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