US mid-term election

US mid-term election: A knife fight in an alley

With more voters and Obama back in the fray, tide may be turning against Republicans

Mr Barack Obama (above, at a rally in Anaheim, California) is campaigning with the message #TakeItBack; while US President Donald Trump (left, at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) leads the charge for Republican candidates.
Mr Barack Obama is campaigning with the message #TakeItBack; while US President Donald Trump (above, at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) leads the charge for Republican candidates.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS
Mr Barack Obama (above, at a rally in Anaheim, California) is campaigning with the message #TakeItBack; while US President Donald Trump (left, at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) leads the charge for Republican candidates.
Mr Barack Obama (above, at a rally in Anaheim, California) is campaigning with the message #TakeItBack; while US President Donald Trump leads the charge for Republican candidates.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

The United States' mid-term election on Nov 6 is shaping up to be a "knife fight in an alley", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week.

President Donald Trump is leading the charge for Republican candidates. Former president Barack Obama has - unusually - dived back into the fray and is campaigning with the message "#TakeItBack".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2018, with the headline 'A knife fight in an alley'. Subscribe