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Election Day 2013 News Updates: VA, NJ, NYC, Boston, Detroit

There may not be any federal elections today but there is plenty at stake for Democrats and Republicans around the United States this Election Day. From two key gubernatorial races to key mayoral elections in the biggest cities in the country, let’s take a look at what we can expect today.

The biggest race is a close battle for the Virginia governor’s seat between longtime Democratic operative Terry McAullife and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. After early polls showed the two candidates deadlocked, polls since the government shutdown have been trending very heavily toward McAullife. McCaullife leads all polls since October 24 by at least six points, including a Washington Post poll that showed him leading by 12 points. The key will be getting Democratic voters to come out to the booth but the Democrats are in line to take Virginia back from Republicans.

The opposite is the case in New Jersey where incumbent Governor Chris Christie has a massive lead over State Senator Barbara Buono. The latest polls have Christie leading by at least 20 points which means the Republicans will certainly hold New Jersey as Chris Christie improves his 2016 presidential hopes.

In New York City, voters are poised to elect their first Democratic mayor in 20 years as Public Advocate Bill de Blasio leads former deputy mayor and MTA chief Joe Lhota by a massive 40 point margin.

In Boston, voters will replace their longest-serving mayor Tom Menino in a close race between Democrat Joe Walsh and Republican John Connolly. The race has been a dead heat the whole way but recent polls show Walsh with a 3 percent lead. A Walsh win would not be surprising in a city that hasn’t elected a Republican since 1926.

In Detroit, voters will decide who will try to lead the city out of bankruptcy. Mike Duggan, a former healthcare exec who won a long shot write-in campaign in the primaries leads the race over Benny Napoleon by a 2-to-1 margin and could become the city’s first white mayor in nearly 40 years.

Other big mayoral races include San Diego, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Seattle, and Minneapolis, check back tomorrow for results.

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