Capitol Comments

The first round of polls are set to close in less than 90 minutes. The political landscapes in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia should begin to take shape as each of those states close their polls at 7:00 p.m. EST.

The 7 o'clock hour will bring a conclusion to five governors' races (Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Vermont), four of which are guaranteed to be newcomers--Gov. John Lynch, NH, is the only incumbent represented.

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On March 3, 2010, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli filed a lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on behalf of his state alleging that federal health care reform—the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—was unconstitutional. The lawsuit brought the debate about the roles state and federal governments should play in national health care reform front and center.

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