Speed Reads

2017 Elections

Gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey top Tuesday's 2017 elections

Voters in Virginia and New Jersey are picking new governors on Tuesday, the headline races in an off-year election that also features a contest to fill Rep. Jason Chaffetz's (R) seat in Utah's 3rd congressional district, New York's mayor's office, and a state race that will determine party control of Washington State's Senate. In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy holds a double-digit lead over Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), but the race in Virginia between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie is close and hard-fought. Virginia is also electing a lieutenant governor and attorney general.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is expected to win re-election, and Provo Mayor John Curtis (R) is ahead in the Utah congressional race against Democrat Kathie Allen. In Washington, a race between Democrat Manka Dhingra and Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund will determine whether Democrats take control of the state Senate. Democrats already control the state House and the governor's office, and if Dhingra wins, Washington will be the seventh state where Democrats control all three bodies; Republicans have this legislative "trifecta" in 26 states, CNN notes.