As suggested earlier, we’ll have our usual Major Evening Event schedule here at PA, with an afternoon hiatus followed by some nighttime blogging.

Here are some midday treats, mostly election-flavored, to tide you over:

* Hooray! WaPo is doing exit polling in VA today! It’s almost like a real on-year election!

* Campaigns in today’s Alabama congressional runoff arguing over who’d be more like Ted Cruz.

* Patricia Murphy explains why national Dems decided not to mess with Chris Christie’s reelection bid.

* Big Apple Democrats prepare for first mayoral victory celebration in 24 years. Amazing.

* Paul Krugman takes a big stick to Germany’s insistence on running big trade surpluses.

And in non-political news:

* Ventura (CA), Minneapolis/St. Paul and Orlando lead list of housing markets cooling off after red-hot recoveries.

Back for a bit in a bit. Here’s some more Joe Jackson: “I’m the Man,” performed in 1979.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.