“Most Republicans say they expect to lose as many as six (Virginia House of Delegates) seats on Election Day. Anything more would be a blow to the party’s hopes of turning back Democratic gains in the Commonwealth.”

A year before the midterm elections, Democratic and Republican strategists across the country are carefully eyeing a handful of local and statewide elections on Tuesday, mining results for clues about the nation’s mood.

Most of the attention has gone to the high-profile – and increasingly nasty – battle for Virginia’s governorship, where polls show Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) leading former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie (R) by a small margin.

Here are thirteen other contests worth keeping an eye on as the polls close Tuesday:

Click to continue reading. By Reid Wilson – Nov. 6, 2017.

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