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Midterms 2018: Last-Minute Canvassing Before Election Day

After all the debates, rallies, ads and barbs, it’s almost here: Election Day is Tuesday. Voters across the United States will choose the winning candidates for 435 seats in the House of Representatives and nearly three dozen seats in the Senate. Thirty-six states will elect governors, including in high-profile contests in Florida and Georgia.

New York Times journalists are reporting from around the country as candidates make their final pitches to the voters who will help reshape the United States for the next two years.

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Latino voters go door to door: ‘We are very anxious’

ORLANDO, Fla. — Nancy Batista is a 32-year-old Guatemalan immigrant with a file full of voters to contact and a message for President Trump.

“How many more things can we tolerate?” she said, canvassing with a half-dozen Latinos on a sleepy cul-de-sac. “We all feel like we have been targeted.”

Ms. Batista oversees the Florida operation for Mi Familia Vota, a Latino civic group that says it has registered some 30,000 new voters in the state this cycle, about half of them Puerto Ricans.

[Read more: Who are we talking about when we talk about Latino voters?]

While Ms. Batista said the group takes care to avoid partisan advocacy for individual candidates when engaging with voters, it has not been subtle about its feelings toward Mr. Trump. Most recently, it released an advertisement featuring a dramatization of Mr. Trump slapping Latinos across the face. Its title, “Trumpadas,” is a play on the Spanish word “trompada,” which is a punch.

“We are very anxious,” Yadhira Barrios, 39, a canvass organizer, said in Spanish, after a mostly unsuccessful door-knocking swing.

But “good work,” she added, “is never in vain.”

— Matt Flegenheimer

The elections through the eyes of The Times

Handshakes. Rallies. A “tax ax.” The New York Times has 16 photographers fanned out across the country covering the final days of campaigning for the midterm elections. Keep up with the latest images here.

A confident governor in Arizona

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Standing on a small podium set up in a shopping mall food court, Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona had a message for the hundreds of thousands of people who have moved into his state during his time in office.

“Are you ready to keep the state of Arizona red?” he asked the audience of Republican retirees in Prescott. “Welcome back to America, and remember why you left California.”

In the final days of the tumultuous midterm campaigns, Republican candidates in Arizona are appealing to their state’s moderate to conservative voting history, reminding audiences that despite all the demographic changes, it is not that liberal bastion to the west.

At least not yet. Strategists on both sides say Arizona’s early voting numbers show strong support for Democrats. That’s unlikely to affect Mr. Ducey, who has a broad lead in the polls, but it has made Democrats more confident about the chances of Representative Kyrsten Sinema, the party’s Senate nominee.

— Lisa Lerer

Trump loyalists sticking together

BISMARCK, N.D. — In an unusual calculation for a sitting president, Mr. Trump has campaigned relentlessly for Republican candidates and urged voters to see the election as a referendum on his own presidency. His rhetoric appears to have stuck with his base here in a deep-red state that elected him by 36 points — one he has visited three times in support of Representative Kevin Cramer, who is looking to unseat Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat.

“Trump saying, ‘A vote for Republicans is a vote for me’ — well it is, because he is our president,” said Melanie Udell, a volunteer at the G.O.P. office in Bismarck. “He’s just trying to turn the country around.”

Maggie Dosch, a party delegate here, said a Republican Congress was needed to protect Mr. Trump from political attacks from Democrats.

“If given the opportunity, some people would try to impeach him, and I think the man should have a fair chance to run the country,” she said. “He got North Dakota working again. There is a loyalty to that.”

— Catie Edmondson

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