WATCH: Latest Gallup Poll Shows Obama Ahead of Bush in Midterm Job Approval

With Republicans poised to seize the Senate, Obama can take comfort in the fact that he does not hold the record for the lowest midterm approval rating, that distinction belongs to George W. Bush.

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With the U.S. midterm elections tomorrow, Republicans look well positioned to recapture the U.S. Senate after seven years in the minority. With 36 U.S. Senate seats, 38 Governorships and all 435 House seats up for grabs, the focus will be on whether or not the Republicans can end the night with a net gain of six Senate seats.

The current 233 Republican seat majority in the House of Representatives is likely to increase with 18 of the 26 toss-ups, closely contested elections, currently held by Democrats – according to realclearpolitics.com polling averages.

President Obama's low job approval rating, hovering around 42 percent (the second lowest since 1982 going into a midterm election) according to the latest Gallup poll, is dragging down individual Democrats. Recent alarm over Ebola, ISIS and the U.S. economy - which saw one of the most volatile months in years for the U.S. stock market this October - have added to Democrat's woes, as the party in power has become an even bigger target.

However, Obama's approval is not as low as his predecessor's was at this same point. George W. Bush, going into the last midterm elections of his presidency in 2006 was at an even more meager 38 percent approval rating. Bush's historic low approval resulted in the Democrats sweeping the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and a majority of Governorships - a resounding rebuke of Bush's leadership, which effectively made Bush a lame duck.

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