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Capitol Alert

Keep your eyes on these California races tonight


Since President Donald Trump took office, California has placed itself at the center of the “resistance.” With vulnerable Republicans seeking re-election, hotly debated ballot measures up in the air and contested local, statewide and national races, today is kind of a big deal.

For all the discussion leading up to the midterm elections, there is still so much we don’t know. Will there be a blue wave? Will young people show up to vote? Will polling be right this time?

Despite the uncertainties that lie ahead, one thing is clear: Election Day has finally arrived! Grab your coffee, keep your eyes glued on election results, and prepare yourself for what could be a long night.

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We’re here to make the day a bit easier for you. With that in mind, here are some of the most important issues, races, and topics you should be following:

What’s at stake?

How to keep up with all the news

For all the screaming and shouting you might hear on cable news, it’s important to remember there are other ways to get valuable information.

What races should I watch in California?

This is not an exhaustive list, but these could be some of the closest contests:


Across the United States, Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to capture a majority in the House.



What should I watch for outside of California?

There will be 36 governor’s races, 35 Senate races, and 435 House races, for a whopping total of 506 elections.

If you’re watching returns from the East Coast, these House contests could indicate whether there will be a Blue Wave or Red Wall:

These out-of-state statewide contests could be close:



What do the experts have to say?

What should I do after Election Day?

Get some coffee. Regardless of the outcome, odds are it’s been a long couple of days (or maybe even months) for you. But after that, you should join The Sacramento Bee Friday for the “California Priorities Summit.” The event is bringing political leaders together to provide advice for the new governor and discuss what happened in the election, what we still don’t know, and what the future of the state might look like. The summit, which is being held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Sacramento’s Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, is free and open to the public. Make sure to RSVP here.

Anything else to check out?

Final reminder

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