Election ’09

ELECTION ’09…. The off-year elections will wrap up tonight. For campaign watchers, it’ll be a fairly eventful evening.

The polls closed in Virginia at 7 p.m. eastern, home to one of two gubernatorial races today. Former Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R) is expected to win fairly easily, though some down-ballot contests will be worth keeping an eye on in this competitive state. The results are starting to trickle in.

At 8 p.m. eastern, polls will close in New Jersey, home to the other gubernatorial race, and also n Maine, where voters will cast a key vote on marriage equality.

At 9 p.m. eastern, polls will close in New York’s 23rd congressional district, home to this year’s nuttiest contest.

And at 11 p.m. eastern, polls will close in California’s 10th congressional district, where the last special election of the year will be decided.

Throughout the evening, also keep an eye out for mayoral races in New York City, Seattle, Atlanta, Charlotte, Manchester, and Minneapolis. What’s more, there are six key gay rights battles to keep an eye on, and a casino ballot initiative in Ohio to watch.

So, let’s call this an Election Night Open Thread. Who’s up? Who’s down? Any surprises? Who’s watching the premier of “By the People”? Who’s decided to skip politics altogether tonight and tune into the opening night of “V”?

The floor is yours.