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How crises can affect midterm elections

FILE - in this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the U.S. Capitol is seen at sunrise, in Washington. Control of Congress and the future of Donald Trump’s presidency are on the line as the 2018 primary season winds to a close this week, jumpstarting a two-month sprint to Election Day that will test Democrats’ ability to harness a wave of opposition to Trump and whether the president can motivate his staunch supporters when he’s not on the ballot. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The rhetoric on the campaign trail is reaching new heights with midterm elections fast approaching but different from some other election cycles, this one, seems mired in a series of crises.

A deadly attack on a synagogue, mail bombs to critics of the president and a chaotic stock market threatening the best economics in years, all unfolding just days before voters cast their ballots.

For some, it's clouded what they'll do.

Phil Leonard of Boise, Idaho argued it makes it tough to have confidence any party can fix the problems. “There’s so much drama that’s going on right now. I mean, I wouldn’t even know what to even do, or even to vote for.”

For others, they've found a directive in it.

“I’m just not a fan of the political climate right now. So I’m voting for calmer people," explained Michelle McDonald of Greenville, South Carolina.

As tumultuous as current events are which also include the recent supreme court battle and controversy over how to handle the killing of a U. S. journalist, the political landscape was already tense.

“I’m gonna say I’m on the Republican side,” explained Texas resident Linda Racino. She added though with an air of caution, "Sometimes I’m scared to say that word 'Republican' because I never know what kind of reaction I’m going to get.”

So, on the trail, there's been attempts to fix problems and ease concerns. Vice President Pence spoke in a sharp tone regarding the Caravan of Central American immigrants heading toward the U.S. border.

"Turn around," he directed during a recent rally. "Return to your homes. You will not be allowed into the United States illegally."

Monday, Sarah Sanders explained there would be plenty of similar moments ahead. “The president is going to continue to draw contrasts, particularly as we go into the final days of the election, the differences between the two parties particularly on policy...”

Leaders on the left are stumping on the premise that they can replace any hate, driving today’s violence.

"We can make this a better country. It's bad, but we can make it better,” proclaimed Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass..

“We have so much division in this country, but this election is a moment where we can heal," stated Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn..

Both sides hope, how they promise to handle these crises, will inspire voters who often stay home during midterms.

Though emergencies are hardly the only motivators. A recent Bloomberg poll shows the top two concerns for voters heading into next Tuesday, are the traditional issues of health care and the economy.

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