1. Race for Governor

    McAuliffe Ahead of Cuccinelli

    DALE CITY, VA - OCTOBER 27:
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D) waits backstage before being announcing during a campaign event at VFW Post 1503, October 27, 2013 in Dale City, Virginia. McAuliffe is in a closely contested race with Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Drew Angerer/Getty

    The closely-watched Virginia governors’ race remains pretty close as Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe holds nine percentage points over GOP-backed Ken Cuccinelli. Polls don’t open until Tuesday but political strategists are looking to the race for insight about next year’s midterms and the 2016 White House race. Though Virginia has traditionally been a reliably Republican state, it voted for President Obama both in 2008 and 2012, granting it a newly evolving status as a swing state.

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