Polls close in the Virginia gubernatorial race at 7 p.m. ET.
First Read: “If you’ve followed Virginia elections over the past decade like we have, it’s traditionally been a state that’s counted quickly, that’s had most voters casting ballots on Election Day, and that’s had rural counties reporting first and Dem-heavy Northern Virginia voting last.”
“But we know that more than 1 million Virginians have already voted early. We also expect different counties to report on their early votes vs. day-of votes at different times. And unlike in 2020, Dems believe many of their voters have returned to their pre-pandemic patterns of voting on Election Day, while the GOP has run an aggressive early-vote campaign.”
“So a bit caution: When the returns start coming in, they might not tell the whole story.”
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