New York Mayor Bill de Blasio voted at a polling station in Brooklyn, New York early Tuesday in a bid to win a second term in office. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife voted at a polling station in Brooklyn on Tuesday, in an election he expects will hand him a second term in office. It's one of several races being contested. New Jersey voters also will pick a new governor to replace outgoing Republican Chris Christie. Several other big cities will select mayors and conservative Utah will hold a special election to replace U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who stepped down before his term ended. But the marquee contest is in Virginia, where polls show Democrat Ralph Northam has a slight edge over Republican Ed Gillespie in a nasty governor's race that will offer clues about the country's political mood. Gillespie, a Washington lobbyist and former Republican National Committee chairman, has kept his distance from Trump but embraced the president's combative campaign style with hard-edged ads hitting Northam on divisive issues such as immigration, gang crime and Confederate statues. The ads put Northam, the state's lieutenant governor, on the defensive and helped Gillespie gain ground in opinion polls in recent weeks in Virginia, where Democrat Hillary Clinton beat Trump by 5 percentage points last year. A Gillespie win would be the latest in a series of setbacks for Democrats, who suffered losses in four contested congressional special elections earlier this year despite grassroots liberal enthusiasm for resisting Trump. Democrats fear it would also give Republicans a green light to exploit similar divisive cultural issues across the country next year, when all 435 House seats and 33 of the Senate's 100 seats will be up for election. Republicans currently control both chambers.