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Va. House Races Could Provide 'Early Signs' Of National Outcome

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Democrats and Republicans are watching a handful of Virginia House contests for indications of how they will fare in Tuesday's elections.

Democrats currently hold six of Virginia's 11 House seats. David Wasserman has been tracking the races for the Cook Political Report. He says these House contests will provide an early barometer if there's a national political wave for the GOP.

"Well we political junkies are fortunate that Virginia will give us some early signs as to which way election night is headed," Wasserman says. "There are four Democratic seats that are at some risk in Virginia. There are two that Republicans ought to win if they are going to take back control of the House."

Polls show one of the closest races is in Northern Virginia's 11th district where first term Democrat Gerry Connolly is trying to stave off a challenge from Republican Keith Fimian. The other two most hotly contested races are in Southeastern Virginia, where incumbent Democrats Tom Perriello and Glenn Nye are facing Republican challengers Robert Hurt and Scott Rigell.

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