The following is an excerpt from David Weigel | November 7, 2018 | Thewashingtonpost.com |
The first statewide elections since 2016 wrap up Tuesday, as well as ballot measures, county races and mayoral contests in every time zone. Here’s a guide to when the polls close (all times Eastern) and what to watch.
Virginia. No one needs a refresher here: The marquee race of the year pits Democrat Ralph Northam against Republican Ed Gillespie for control of the governor’s mansion during the next redistricting cycle. Democrats have been jittery about the race all year, never more so than during a final week that saw their poll lead fall to low single digits as Republican voters rallied.
Still, Democrats entered Election Day with some refreshed confidence and a three-point lead. They’re also cautiously optimistic about electing Justin Fairfax as lieutenant governor and retaining Mark Herring as attorney general. (Democratic attorneys general have been aggressive in challenging the Trump administration, perhaps the party’s strongest line of defense while Republicans control Congress.)
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