I joined Al Jazeera English’s Inside Story on Sunday to discuss the significance of women in Tuesday’s US Congressional elections, both in their record numbers as candidates and in their potentially-vital role in determining the outcome of the races for both the Senate and House of Representatives.

The other panellists are Ashley Pratte of Republican Women for Progress and Kira Lerner of ThinkProgress.

The discussion takes some unexpected turns, including Pratte’s line that Republican women should consider voting for the best candidate — GOP or Democrat — on a case-by-case basis, and the panel’s consideration of “unitying issues” to overcome the division stoked in particular by Donald Trump.

How will the divisive language might play with different groups of women?

Trump and his advisors have gambled that immigration is the one issue they can use to get a Republican victory. Will white women respond differently to that than women of color and will that make a difference next Tuesday?

Is this a real dividing line or is this mythical and uniting issues are more important?