Polls have closed in Kentucky and Virginia, and votes are being tallied to decide the next governor of Kentucky and the makeup of the Virginia Legislature. Click here for live election night updates, and check back for results.
Here’s what you need to know about the races:
Kentucky governor’s race
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who was elected in 2015, is running for reelection against the state’s attorney general, Democrat Andy Beshear.
President Donald Trump endorsed Bevin, and held a rally in Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday night in a final push to encourage voters to turn out for the Republican candidate. If Bevin wins, Republicans will maintain control over the state Legislature and the governor’s office.
Trump won Kentucky by nearly 30 points in 2016, but Bevin’s victory margin in 2015 came within 10 points of his opponent.
Medicaid eligibility is an issue in Kentucky, and Bevin wants more work requirements for recipients. Beshear wants to lift those requirements.
In 2014, Bevin ran for a seat in the US Senate but was defeated in the GOP primary by incumbent Mitch McConnell.
Beshear was elected attorney general of Kentucky in 2015, and is the son of Steve Beshear, who was the 61st governor of Kentucky, serving from 2007 to 2015.
Republicans control the House of Delegates with 51 seats to Democrats’ 48, and the state Senate with 20 seats to Democrats’ 19, with one vacancy in each chamber. All 140 seats were on the ballot Tuesday. Republicans have not won a statewide race since 2009, but they have held on to the Senate since 2014 and House since 1999 by slim margins.
Democrats are within striking distance of taking either chamber. If they were to win both, it would position the party to control the next round of redistricting ahead of the 2020 census.
Democrats have poured a record-breaking amount of money into the state Legislature races. Virginia has long been a bellwether for national wins but has drifted left in recent years.
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