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Updated: 01/05/2018 08:30:04AM

Is it too early to handicap the 2018 elections? No!

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Al Hunt, executive editor for Bloomberg News, poses for a photo in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009. Photographer: Dennis Brack/Bloomberg News

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All national elections are hyped as seminal. The midterms of 2018 are the real deal.

If Democrats win at least one branch of Congress, there will be an investigative feast — with rich targets — of the ethically challenged administration of President Donald Trump, plus a check on presidential actions. If Republicans retain full control, expect renewed attacks on Obamacare, efforts to cut Medicare and Social Security, and one or two more right-wing Supreme Court justices. Equally significant will be gubernatorial and state legislative contests.

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