Election Day: The 'Sleeper Race' to Watch Today

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Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg chief Washington correspondent Peter Cook breaks down the top races to watch as the United States goes to the polls for Election Day. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop.”

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The race that has the most national attention is the virginia governor's race between democrat terry mcauliffe and current attorney general ken cuc inelli.

Terry mcauliffe is leading in pretty much every poll.

He is a flawed candidate with significant baggage, but the fact that he could win in a critical state like virginia, it would be a big plus for democrats and a big blow for republicans, especially tea party republicans.

He is very conservative on issues.

Democrats could win all three top offices in the state of virginia.

It is a big deal.

As a former political reporter in the commonwealth of virginia, it is a significant shift, and it tells you more about republican problems than democrats success.

What about in my home state of new jersey, and governor chris christie.

Have you voted yet?

I'll let it -- not ask who you voted for.

Not yet.

He should win big?

There are still some questions, how big of a way and will he get, how well does he do with african-americans, other groups.

His campaign would like to use this as this ring board for a national -- springboard for a national election.

It would show that he could pull in voters from other blocks.

The outcome doesn't matter -- outcome does matter.

The sleeper race that we should be watching for?

The race that washington insiders are watching is the primary runoff for a congressional seat in alabama, another test of the tea party republicans versus the republican business establishment -- business groups, house republicans leaders have been backing bradley byrne over a tea party candidate named dean young.

It is a strongly republican district.

If the business folks lose out, it will be another sign of the tea party strength.

Thank you, peter cook.

Here are our top headlines.

A gunman opened fire in a new jersey mall last night and was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot won't early this morning.

The 20-year-old man who was wearing body armor and a helmet shot at least six rounds from a modified rifle but thankfully did not hit anyone.

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