On 6 November, Americans head to the polls for the first time since President Trump's election in 2016.
At stake are a wide range of offices at all levels of government including:
- All 435 members of the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 members of the Senate
- 36 of 50 governorships and all or part of 87 of the country's 99 legislative state houses
- Countless county and city level offices including the mayoralties of Washington D.C., San Francisco, Phoenix and Nashville.
The biggest prize up for grabs is control of the two houses of Congress. The Republican Party currently controls both of them, with a modest 235 to 193 majority in the House and a razor-thin margin of 51-49 in the Senate.
A change of control to the Democrats of either house would lead to a fundamental shift in the balance of power in Washington and make the second half of President Trump's term very different from the first.
Deputy Editor James Cahill & University of Melbourne Lecturer George Rennie discuss what American politics is likely to look like after the most anticipated midterm elections in living memory.
Banner image: Washington Monument in Washington D.C. Courtesy of John Sonderman via Flickr