Voting is well underway in the US midterm elections in what could be the final hours of Democratic Party’s control of congress.
Republicans are tipped to make big gains and slam the brakes on President Obama’s legislative agenda.
Tea party favourite and Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell was among the early voters out in Delaware.
Her arrival was swiftly followed by the Republicans’ leader in the House of Representatives John Boehner, the man tipped to become the next Speaker of the House if the Republicans gain control.
For the Democrats, US Vice President Joe Biden and Pennsylvania Senate hopeful Joe Sestak were among the early birds.
Defeat is not a done deal for the Democrats. However, only two presidents, Roosevelt and George W. Bush have managed to boost their party’s midterm standings during their first spell in office. Our correspondant in Washington, Valerie Zabriskie, says the writing seems clearly on the wall.