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The Morning Line: Ready, Set, Vote!


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The Morning Line loves Top 10 lists as much as the next political blog post, so we’re giving you a list of the 10 states to keep an eye on Tuesday night as you watch the PBS NewsHour’s Election Night coverage.

The Morning LineOur live blog of developments starts at 5:30 p.m. ET, so check in early and often. The first round of polls closes at 7 p.m. ET and the fun doesn’t stop until 1 a.m. ET Wednesday, when voting in Alaska ends. (Note: Don’t wait up for a result in Alaska’s three-way Senate race between write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams. Election rules in Alaska stipulate that write-in votes aren’t counted until all other ballots have been received and mail-in votes have until Nov. 17 to arrive.)

Our two-hour special Vote 2010 coverage begins with a NewsHour web exclusive from 10 to 11 p.m. ET. Then at 11 p.m. ET you can keep following us online, or switch over to broadcast coverage on your local PBS station. Either way, you’ll find full analysis of all the key results from our NewsHour team led by Jim Lehrer, Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff and David Chalian, plus regulars Mark Shields, David Brooks, Stuart Rothenberg and many more.

Now, to the line, in order of poll closing time:

OHIO (POLLS OPEN BETWEEN 6:30 A.M. AND 7:30 P.M. ET)

Secretary of State: Elections

Weather forecasts for Ohio cities:

Cleveland: Sunny, High of 50 degrees

Columbus: Sunny, High of 55 degrees

Cincinnati: Partly Cloudy, High of 58 degrees

Races to Watch:

Governor: Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland vs. Republican John Kasich
Senate: Democrat Lee Fisher vs. Republican Rob Portman
1st District: Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus vs. Steve Chabot
6th District: Democratic Rep. Charlie Wilson vs. Bill Johnson
15th District: Democratic Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy vs. Steve Stivers
16th District: Democratic Rep. John Boccieri vs. Jim Renacci
18th District: Democratic Rep. Zack Space vs. Republican Bob Gibbs

WEST VIRGINIA (POLLS OPEN BETWEEN 6:30 A.M. AND 7:30 P.M. ET)

Secretary of State: Elections Divisions

Weather forecast for Charleston: Partly Cloudy, High of 63 degrees

Races to Watch:

Senate: Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin vs. Republican John Raese
1st District: Democrat Michael Oliverio vs. David McKinley
3rd District: Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall vs. Elliott Maynard

FLORIDA (POLLS OPEN BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 8 P.M. ET)

Secretary of State: Election Results

Weather forecasts for Florida cities:

Tampa: Mostly Sunny, High of 87 degrees

Orlando: Mostly Sunny, High of 87 degrees

Miami: Partly Cloudy, High of 85 degrees

Races to Watch:

Governor: Democrat Alex Sink vs. Republican Rick Scott
Senate: Three-way race between independent Gov. Charlie Crist, Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican Marco Rubio
2nd District: Democratic Rep. Allen Boyd vs. Republican Steve Southerland
8th District: Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson vs. Republican Dan Webster
12th District: Democrat Lori Edwards vs. Republican Dennis Ross
22nd District: Democratic Rep. Ron Klein vs. Allen West
24th District: Democratic Rep. Suzanne Kosmas vs. Republican Sandy Adams
25th District: Democrat Joe Garcia vs. Republican David Rivera

ILLINOIS (POLLS OPEN BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 8 P.M. ET)

State Board of Elections

Weather forecast for Chicago: Sunny, High of 55 degrees

Races to Watch:

Governor: Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn vs. Republican Bill Brady
Senate: Democrat Alexi Giannoulias vs. Republican Rep. Mark Kirk
8th District: Democratic Rep. Melissa Bean vs. Republican Joe Walsh
10th District: Democrat Dan Seals vs. Robert Dold
11th District: Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson vs. Republican Adam Kinzinger
14th District: Democratic Rep. Bill Foster vs. Republican Randy Hultgren
17th District: Democratic Rep. Phil Hare vs. Republican Bobby Schilling

PENNSYLVANIA (POLLS OPEN BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 8 P.M. ET)

Department of State: Election Results

Weather forecasts for Pennsylvania cities:

Pittsburgh: Sunny, High of 52 degrees

Philadelphia: Sunny, High of 54 degrees

Races to Watch:

Governor: Democrat Dan Onorato vs. Republican Tom Corbett
Senate: Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak vs. Republican Pat Toomey
3rd District: Democratic Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper vs. Republican Mike Kelly
4th District: Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire vs. Republican Keith Rothfus
7th District: Democrat Bryan Lentz vs. Republican Patrick Meehan
8th District: Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy vs. Republican Mike Fitzpatrick
10th District: Democratic Rep. Chris Carney vs. Republican Tom Marino
11th District: Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski vs. Republican Lou Barletta
12th District: Democratic Rep. Mark Critz vs. Republican Tim Burns
15th District: Democrat John Callahan vs. Republican Rep. Charlie Dent

COLORADO (POLLS OPEN BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 9 P.M. ET)

Secretary of State: Elections

Weather forecast for Denver: Mostly Sunny, High of 67 degrees

Races to Watch:

Governor: Three-way race between Democrat John Hickenlooper, Republican Dan Maes and Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo
Senate: Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet vs. Republican Ken Buck
3rd District: Democratic Rep. John Salazar vs. Scott Tipton
4th District: Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey vs. Republican Cory Gardner

WISCONSIN (POLLS OPEN BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 9 P.M. ET)

Government Accountability Board: Elections

Weather forecast for Wisconsin cities:

Green Bay: Sunny, High of 53 degrees

Milwaukee: Sunny, High of 53 degrees

Races to Watch:

Governor: Democrat Tom Barrett vs. Republican Scott Walker
Senate: Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold vs. Republican Ron Johnson
7th District: Democrat Julie Lassa vs. Republican Sean Duffy

NEVADA (POLLS OPEN BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 10 P.M. ET)

Secretary of State: Election Center

Weather forecasts for Nevada cities:

Las Vegas: Sunny, High of 82 degrees

Reno: Sunny, High of 70 degrees

Races to Watch:

Senate: Democratic Sen. Harry Reid vs. Republican Sharron Angle
3rd District: Democratic Rep. Dina Titus vs. Republican Joe Heck

CALIFORNIA (POLLS OPEN BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 11 P.M. ET)

Secretary of State: Elections

Weather forecasts for California cities:

Los Angeles: Sunny, High of 88 degrees

San Francisco: Sunny, High of 75 degrees

Races to Watch:

Governor: Democrat Jerry Brown vs. Republican Meg Whitman
Senate: Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer vs. Republican Carly Fiorina

WASHINGTON (DROP-OFF BALLOTS ACCEPTED UNTIL 11 P.M. ET)

Secretary of State: Elections

Weather forecast for Seattle: Partly Cloudy, High of 59 degrees

Race to Watch:

Senate: Democratic Sen. Patty Murray vs. Republican Dino Rossi

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