High stakes as 2-month sprint to Election Day begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

The two-month sprint to Election Day will test Democrats’ ability to harness a wave of opposition to Trump and determine whether the Republican president can motivate his staunch supporters when he’s not on the ballot.

For both parties, the stakes are exceedingly high.

After crushing defeats in 2016, Democrats open the fall campaign brimming with confidence about their prospects for retaking the House. That would give them power to open a wide swath of investigations into Trump, or even launch impeachment proceedings.

Republicans believe they can maintain control of the Senate, given that most of the competitive races are in states Trump won in 2016.