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It’s been a long run — a fact few can attest to more than the candidates on the trail — but Election Day 2018 has finally arrived.

This year’s midterms are the first nationwide contests since 2016, when President Donald Trump was elected.

Many, including Trump, see this election as a referendum on his time in office.

“I’m not on the ticket, but I am on the ticket because this is also a referendum about me,” Trump said at a rally in Southaven, Miss., in early October.

Many, including Trump, see this election as a referendum on his time in office.

7:43 a.m. ET — Authorities in some states are warning voters to be vigilant about possible election problems.

The New Jersey Department of State urged residents via Twitter to beware of “false information regarding your polling locations.

Heading into Tuesday night, Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress.

In the Senate, 35 seats are up for election. In the House, all 435 seats are on the ballot.

Democrats appear more poised for victory in the House, where they need a net gain of 23 seats to be the majority. In the Senate, Democrats would need a net gain of two seats to take control, but there are 10 vulnerable Democratic senators running in states Trump won in 2016.

Early voting has also been read as a signal that enthusiasm is up — though in some states, it’s a result of newly-expanded early voting opportunities. According to data from Michael McDonald, an early voting expert at the University of Florida, 2018 early voting has already significantly surpassed 2014 figures.

As of Friday, over 30 million early ballots were cast. In 2014 on the same day, 17 million ballots were cast. And the total early ballots case in the entire 2010 midterms came in just over 19 million.

According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, the top issues driving voters to the polls this year are health care and the economy, both almost tied in importance to vote choice, followed by immigration. Democrats have made health care — and especially coverage for people with pre-existing conditions — a key part of their platform, while Trump has significantly upped his rhetoric on immigration, using a caravan that’s weeks away from the border to bring the topic to the forefront.

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